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AB-62 Medi-Cal: dual eligibles: pilot projects.(2011-2012)

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Amended  IN  Senate  June 27, 2011
Amended  IN  Assembly  April 28, 2011

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2011–2012 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 62


Introduced  by  Assembly Member Monning

December 07, 2010


An act to amend Section 14132.275 of the Welfare and Institutions Code, relating to Medi-Cal.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 62, as amended, Monning. Medi-Cal: dual eligibles: pilot projects.
Existing law provides for the Medi-Cal program, which is administered by the State Department of Health Care Services and under which qualified low-income persons receive health care benefits. The Medi-Cal program is, in part, governed and funded by federal Medicaid provisions. Existing federal law provides for the federal Medicare Program, which is a public health insurance program for persons 65 years of age and older and specified persons with disabilities who are under 65 years of age. Existing law, to the extent that federal financial participation is available, and pursuant to a demonstration project or waiver of federal law, requires the department to establish pilot projects in up to 4 counties, to develop effective health care models to provide services to persons who are dually eligible under both the Medi-Cal and Medicare programs. Existing law requires the department to, not sooner than March 1, 2011, identify health care models that may be included in a pilot project, develop a timeline and process for selecting, financing, monitoring, and evaluating the pilot projects, and provide this timeline and process to certain committees of the Legislature.
This bill would provide that, in relation to the requirement that the department seek federal approval to establish the pilot projects, the department may seek federal approval pursuant to a response authorize the department to also establish these pilot projects pursuant to a request for proposal from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. This bill would require the department to consult with stakeholders, including, among others, representatives of advocacy organizations, persons with disabilities, seniors, and representatives of legal services agencies that serve dual eligibles, on a regular basis throughout the development and implementation of the pilot projects.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 14132.275 of the Welfare and Institutions Code is amended to read:

14132.275.
 (a) The department shall seek federal approval to establish pilot projects described in this section pursuant to a Medicare or a Medicaid demonstration project or waiver, or a combination thereof, or in response to a request for proposal from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Under a Medicare demonstration, the department may operate the Medicare component of a pilot project as a delegated Medicare benefit administrator, and may enter into financing arrangements with the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to share in any Medicare program savings generated by the operation of any pilot project. The department may also establish pilot projects described in this section pursuant to a request for proposal from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
(b) After federal approval is obtained, the department shall establish pilot projects that enable dual eligibles to receive a continuum of services, and that maximize the coordination of benefits between the Medi-Cal and Medicare programs and access to the continuum of services needed. The purpose of the pilot projects is to develop effective health care models that integrate services authorized under the federal Medicaid Program (Title XIX of the federal Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. Sec. 1396 et seq.)) and the federal Medicare Program (Title XVIII of the federal Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. Sec. 1395 et seq.)). These pilot projects may also include additional services as approved through a demonstration project or waiver, or a combination thereof.
(c) Not sooner than March 1, 2011, the department shall identify health care models that may be included in a pilot project, shall develop a timeline and process for selecting, financing, monitoring, and evaluating these pilot projects, and shall provide this timeline and process to the appropriate fiscal and policy committees of the Legislature. The department may implement these pilot projects in phases.
(d) Goals for the pilot projects shall include all of the following:
(1) Coordinating Medi-Cal benefits, Medicare benefits, or both, across health care settings and improving continuity of acute care, long-term care, and home- and community-based services.
(2) Coordinating access to acute and long-term care services for dual eligibles.
(3) Maximizing the ability of dual eligibles to remain in their homes and communities with appropriate services and supports in lieu of institutional care.
(4) Increasing the availability of and access to home- and community-based alternatives.
(e) Pilot projects shall be established in up to four counties, and shall include at least one county that provides Medi-Cal services via a two-plan model pursuant to Article 2.7 (commencing with Section 14087.3) and at least one county that provides Medi-Cal services under a county organized health system pursuant to Article 2.8 (commencing with Section 14087.5). In determining the counties in which to establish a pilot project, the director shall consider the following:
(1) Local support for integrating medical care, long-term care, and home- and community-based services networks.
(2) A local stakeholder process that includes health plans, providers, community programs, consumers, and other interested stakeholders in the development, implementation, and continued operation of the pilot project.
(f) The director may enter into exclusive or nonexclusive contracts on a bid or negotiated basis and may amend existing managed care contracts to provide or arrange for services provided under this section. Contracts entered into or amended pursuant to this section shall be exempt from the provisions of Chapter 2 (commencing with Section 10290) of Part 2 of Division 2 of the Public Contract Code and Chapter 6 (commencing with Section 14825) of Part 5.5 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code.
(g) Services under Section 14132.95 or 14132.952, or Article 7 (commencing with Section 12300) of Chapter 3 that are provided under the pilot projects established by this section shall be provided through direct hiring of personnel, contract, or establishment of a public authority or nonprofit consortium, in accordance with, and subject to, the requirements of Section 12302 or 12301.6, as applicable.
(h) Notwithstanding any other provision of state law, the department may require that dual eligibles be assigned as mandatory enrollees into managed care plans established or expanded as part of a pilot project established under this section. Mandatory enrollment in managed care for dual eligibles shall be applicable to the beneficiary’s Medi-Cal benefits only. Dual eligibles shall have the option to enroll in a Medicare Advantage special needs plan (SNP) offered by the managed care plan established or expanded as part of a pilot project established pursuant to subdivision (e). To the extent that mandatory enrollment is required, any requirement of the department and the health plans, and any requirement of continuity of care protections for enrollees, as specified in Section 14182, shall be applicable to this section. Dual eligibles shall have the option to forgo receiving Medicare benefits under a pilot project. Nothing in this section shall be interpreted to reduce benefits otherwise available under the Medi-Cal program or the Medicare Program.
(i) For purposes of this section, a “dual eligible” means an individual who is simultaneously eligible for full scope benefits under Medi-Cal and the federal Medicare Program.
(j) Persons meeting requirements for the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) pursuant to Chapter 8.75 (commencing with Section 14590), may select a PACE plan if one is available in that county.
(k) Notwithstanding Section 10231.5 of the Government Code, the department shall conduct an evaluation to assess outcomes and the experience of dual eligibles in these pilot projects and shall provide a report to the Legislature after the first full year of pilot operation, and annually thereafter. A report submitted to the Legislature pursuant to this subdivision shall be submitted in compliance with Section 9795 of the Government Code. The department shall consult with stakeholders regarding the scope and structure of the evaluation.
(l) This section shall be implemented only if and to the extent that federal financial participation or funding is available to establish these pilot projects.
(m) The department shall consult with stakeholders, including, but not limited to, representatives of advocacy organizations, persons with disabilities, seniors, representatives of legal services agencies that serve dual eligibles, specialty care providers, provider associations, labor, health plans, county government, and the Legislature, on a regular basis throughout the development and implementation of the pilot projects.
(n) Notwithstanding Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 11340) of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code, the department may implement, interpret, or make specific this section and any applicable federal waivers and state plan amendments by means of all-county letters, plan letters, plan or provider bulletins, or similar instructions, without taking regulatory action. Prior to issuing any letter or similar instrument authorized pursuant to this section, the department shall notify and consult with stakeholders, including advocates, providers, and beneficiaries. The department shall notify the appropriate policy and fiscal committees of the Legislature of its intent to issue instructions under this section at least five days in advance of the issuance.