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AB-2976 Childhood lead poisoning: prevention.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 03/16/2018 04:00 AM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  March 15, 2018

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 2976


Introduced by Assembly Member Quirk

February 16, 2018


An act to add Section 14132.015 to the Welfare and Institutions Code, relating to Medi-Cal. 105286 to the Health and Safety Code, relating to public health.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 2976, as amended, Quirk. Medi-Cal: benefits for children: blood lead screening tests. Childhood lead poisoning: prevention.
Existing law, the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Act of 1991, requires the State Department of Public Health to adopt regulations establishing a standard of care at least as stringent as the most recent United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention screening guidelines, whereby all children are evaluated for risk of lead poisoning by health care providers during each child’s periodic health assessment. Existing law requires the standard of care for a child who is determined to be “at risk” for lead poisoning to be screened. Existing regulations require every health care provider who performs a periodic health assessment of a child to order a child who receives services from a publicly funded program for low-income children to be screened for lead poisoning.
This bill would require the department to coordinate with specified state entities to gather data to determine whether children are being screened for lead poisoning as required by the regulation described above.

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. Under existing law, Medi-Cal covers early and periodic screening, diagnosis, and treatment for individuals under 21 years of age, consistent with federal law.

This bill would require the department to ensure that a child enrolled in Medi-Cal receives blood lead screening tests at 12 and 24 months of age. The bill would also require the department to ensure that a child 2 to 6 years of age, inclusive, receives at least one blood lead screening test if there is no record of a previous test for that child.

Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 105286 is added to the Health and Safety Code, to read:

105286.
 The department shall coordinate with the state entities, including the State Department of Health Care Services, that are responsible for administering the publicly funded programs for low-income children identified in Section 37020 of Title 17 of the California Code of Regulations to gather data to determine whether children are being screened for lead poisoning as required by Section 37100 of Title 17 of the California Code of Regulations.

SECTION 1.Section 14132.015 is added to the Welfare and Institutions Code, to read:
14132.015.

(a)The department shall ensure that a child enrolled in Medi-Cal receives blood lead screening tests at 12 and 24 months of age.

(b)The department shall ensure that a child enrolled in Medi-Cal between two and six years of age for whom there is no record of a previous blood lead screening test receives at least one blood lead screening test.