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AB-2593 Medi-Cal: air ambulance services.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 02/15/2018 09:00 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 2593


Introduced by Assembly Member Grayson
(Principal coauthor: Assembly Member Wood)
(Coauthor: Senator Dodd)

February 15, 2018


An act to add Section 14124.14 to the Welfare and Institutions Code, relating to Medi-Cal.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 2593, as introduced, Grayson. Medi-Cal: air ambulance services.
Existing law establishes the Medi-Cal program, which is administered by the State Department of Health Care Services and 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 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.
This bill would require the department to maintain the Medi-Cal fee schedule for air ambulance services at a level equal to the rural Medicare rates for those services, only to the extent federal financial participation is available and only if any necessary federal approvals have been obtained.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 14124.14 is added to the Welfare and Institutions Code, to read:

14124.14.
 (a) The department shall set and maintain the Medi-Cal fee schedule for air ambulance services at a level equal to the rural Medicare rates for those services.
(b) This section shall be implemented only to the extent federal financial participation is available and only if any necessary federal approvals have been obtained.