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AB-1092 Medi-Cal: eyeglasses.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 02/17/2017 02:00 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 1092


Introduced by Assembly Member Cooley
(Principal coauthor: Senator Nielsen)
(Coauthor: Assembly Member Low)
(Coauthors: Senators Atkins and Stone)

February 17, 2017


An act to add Section 14132.07 to the Welfare and Institutions Code, relating to Medi-Cal.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1092, as introduced, Cooley. Medi-Cal: eyeglasses.
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 Program provisions. Existing law provides for a schedule of benefits under the Medi-Cal program, which includes eyeglasses, subject to utilization controls. Existing law provides, except as specified, that certain optional Medi-Cal benefits, including, among others, optometric and optician services, are excluded from coverage under the Medi-Cal program.
This bill, to the extent federal financial participation and any necessary federal approvals are obtained, would restore coverage of one pair of eyeglasses provided every 2 years to an individual 21 years of age or older. The bill would authorize the department to implement those provisions by means of all-county letters, plan letters, plan or provider bulletins, or similar instructions.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 14132.07 is added to the Welfare and Institutions Code, to read:

14132.07.
 (a) Notwithstanding Section 14131.10, one pair of eyeglasses provided every two years shall be covered for an individual who is 21 years of age or older.
(b) (1) The department may seek approval of any necessary state plan amendments to implement this section.
(2) This section shall be implemented only to the extent that federal financial participation is available and any necessary federal approvals have been obtained.
(c) 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 this section by means of all-county letters, provider bulletins, or similar instructions, without taking further regulatory action.