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AB-1087 Medi-Cal: California’s Bridge to Reform Demonstration.(2013-2014)

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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2013–2014 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 1087


Introduced by Assembly Members Torres and Mitchell

February 22, 2013


An act to amend Section 14180 of the Welfare and Institutions Code, relating to Medi-Cal.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1087, as introduced, Torres. Medi-Cal: California’s Bridge to Reform Demonstration.
Existing law provides for the Medi-Cal program, which is administered by the State Department of Health Care Services, under which qualified low-income individuals receive health care services. The Medi-Cal program is, in part, governed and funded by federal Medicaid Program provisions. Existing law requires the department to seek a demonstration project or federal waiver of Medicaid law to implement specified objectives, which may include better care coordination for seniors, persons with disabilities, and children with special health care needs.
This bill would make a technical, nonsubstantive change to these provisions.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: NO   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 14180 of the Welfare and Institutions Code is amended to read:

14180.
 (a) The department shall submit an application to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for a waiver or a demonstration project to implement all of the following:
(1) Strengthen California’s health care safety net, which includes disproportionate share hospitals, for low-income and vulnerable Californians.
(2) Maximize opportunities to reduce the number of uninsured individuals.
(3) Optimize opportunities to increase federal financial participation and maximize financial resources to address uncompensated care.
(4) Promote long-term, efficient, and effective use of state and local funds.
(5) Improve health care quality and outcomes.
(6) Promote home-and community-based care.
(b) The waiver or demonstration project shall include proposals to restructure the organization and delivery of services to be more responsive to the health care needs of Medi-Cal enrollees for the purpose of providing the most vulnerable Medi-Cal beneficiaries with access to better coordinated and integrated care that will improve their health outcomes, slow the long-term growth of the Medi-Cal program, and continue support for the safety net care system and the persons who rely on that system for needed care. These restructuring proposals may include, but are not limited to, the following:
(1) Better care coordination for seniors and persons with disabilities, dual eligibles, children with special health care needs, and persons with behavioral health conditions, which shall include the establishment of organized delivery systems that incorporate a medical home system and care and disease management, as well as incentives that reward providers and beneficiaries for achieving the desired clinical, utilization, and cost-specific outcomes.
(2) Improved coordination between Medicare and Medi-Cal coverage.
(3) Improved coordination of care for children with significant medical needs through improved integration of delivery systems and use of medical homes and specialty centers, and providing incentives for specialty and nonspecialty care.
(4) Improved integration of physical and behavioral health care.
(c) In developing the waiver or demonstration project application, the department shall consult on a regular basis with interested stakeholders and the Legislature.
(d) The department shall determine the form of waiver most appropriate to achieve the purposes listed in subdivision (a).
(e) The department shall submit the waiver or demonstration project application to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services by a date that allows sufficient time for the waiver or demonstration project to be approved by no later than September 1, 2010, or the conclusion of any extension period granted in California’s Medi-Cal Hospital/Uninsured Care Section 1115(a) Medicaid Demonstration (No. 11-W-00193/9), whichever happens last.
(f) In order to restructure the Medi-Cal program to improve the delivery of care for specified populations and secure the maximum amount of federal financial participation allowable, any waiver or demonstration project application submitted pursuant to subdivision (a) may specify and seek authority to enroll beneficiaries into specified organized delivery systems. Subject to federal approval, the specified organized delivery systems may include the utilization of an enhanced primary care case management model, a medical home model, or managed care model. The department is authorized to enroll beneficiaries in an organized system of care subject to the conditions in Section 14181. Subject to federal approval, any waiver or demonstration project application submitted pursuant to subdivision (a) shall include processes, and accompanying criteria, by which the department will evaluate and grant exemption, on an individual basis, from this section’s requirements pertaining to the mandatory enrollment of beneficiaries in specified organized delivery systems.
(g) (1) The department shall only implement the waiver or demonstration project upon submittal of an implementation plan, pursuant to Section 14181, to the appropriate policy and fiscal committees of the Legislature at least 60 days prior to any appropriation.
(2) Pursuant to paragraph (1), mandatory enrollment in any organized delivery system authorized pursuant to a waiver or demonstration project authorized pursuant to this article shall only occur when occur only after funds necessary to support that effort have been appropriated.
(3) It is the intent of the Legislature to neither impede nor limit the department’s existing statutory authority regarding the operation of the Medi-Cal program and its health care delivery systems by the enactment of this article.
(h) The director shall have the discretion to utilize state plan amendments, in whole or in part, to accomplish any or all purposes of this article. In the event the director proceeds with state plan amendments as specified, the department shall provide notification in writing to the chairperson of the Joint Legislative Budget Committee within 15 working days of that action and a brief description and purpose of the amendment. This amendment shall be made available to the Joint Legislative Budget Committee upon the request of the chairperson.