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DIVISION 2. CLASSES OF INSURANCE [1880 - 12880.5]

  ( Division 2 enacted by Stats. 1935, Ch. 145. )

PART 6.2. HEALTHY FAMILIES [12693 - 12694.2]

  ( Part 6.2 added by Stats. 1997, Ch. 623, Sec. 2. )

CHAPTER 5. Health Benefits and Copayments [12693.60 - 12693.62]
  ( Chapter 5 added by Stats. 1997, Ch. 623, Sec. 2. )

12693.60.
  

(a) Coverage provided to subscribers shall meet the federal coverage requirements in Section 2103 of Title XXI of the Social Security Act. Except as otherwise provided in this part, the covered health benefits provided to subscribers shall be equivalent to those provided to state employees through the Public Employees’ Retirement System for the most recent plan year preceding the applicable program plan year, except that the plans may provide a mechanism for inpatient hospital care provided under the mental health benefit through which applicants may agree to a treatment plan in which each inpatient day may be substituted for two residential treatment days or three day treatment program days.

(b) The adoption and readoption, by the Managed Risk Medical Insurance Board, of regulations to implement the changes made to this section by the act that added this subdivision, shall be deemed to be an emergency and necessary to avoid serious harm to the public peace, health, safety, or general welfare for purposes of Sections 11346.1 and 11349.6 of the Government Code, and the board is hereby exempted from the requirement that it describe facts showing the need for immediate action and from review by the Office of Administrative Law.

(Amended by Stats. 2011, Ch. 3, Sec. 1.5. (AB 97) Effective March 24, 2011.)

12693.61.
  

The following provisions apply for subscribers who have been identified by the participating health plans as potentially seriously emotionally disturbed.

(a) Participating plans, to the extent feasible, including plans receiving purchasing credits shall develop memoranda of understanding, consistent with criteria established by the board in consultation with the State Department of Health Care Services, for referral of subscribers who are seriously emotionally disturbed to a county mental health department. This referral does not relieve a participating plan from providing the mental health coverage specified in its contract, including assessment of, and development of, a treatment plan for serious emotional disturbance. Plans may contract with county mental health departments to provide for all, or a portion of, the services provided under the program’s mental health benefit.

(b) The board shall establish an accounting process under which counties providing services to subscribers who have been determined to be seriously emotionally disturbed pursuant to Section 5600.3 of the Welfare and Institutions Code can claim federal reimbursement for the services. The board shall reimburse counties pursuant to the rates set by the State Department of Health Care Services in accordance with Sections 5705, 14705.7, 14705, 14708, 14711, and 14718 of the Welfare and Institutions Code. The actual amount reimbursed by the board shall be the federal share of the cost of the subscriber.

(c) This section shall only become operative with federal approval of the State Child Health Plan and the approval of federal financial participation.

(d) Counties choosing to enter into a memorandum of understanding pursuant to subdivision (a) shall provide the nonfederal share of cost for the subscriber.

(Amended by Stats. 2012, Ch. 34, Sec. 38. (SB 1009) Effective June 27, 2012. Section conditionally operative as provided in subd. (c).)

12693.615.
  

(a) The board shall establish the required subscriber copayment levels for specific benefits consistent with the limitations of Section 2103 of Title XXI of the Social Security Act. The copayment levels established by the board shall, to the extent possible, reflect the copayment levels established for state employees, effective January 1, 1998, through the Public Employees’ Retirement System. Except as otherwise provided in this section, under no circumstances shall copayments exceed the copayment level established for state employees for the most recent plan year preceding the applicable program plan year through the Public Employees’ Retirement System. Total annual copayments charged to subscribers shall not exceed two hundred fifty dollars ($250) per family. The board shall instruct participating health plans to work with their provider networks to provide for extended payment plans for subscribers utilizing a significant number of health services for which copayments are charged. The board shall track the number of subscribers who meet the copayment maximum in each year and make adjustments in the amount if a significant number of subscribers reach the copayment maximum.

(b) No deductibles shall be charged to subscribers for health benefits.

(c) Coverage provided to subscribers shall not contain any preexisting condition exclusion requirements.

(d) No participating health, dental, or vision plan shall exclude any subscriber on the basis of any actual or expected health condition or claims experience of that subscriber or a member of that subscriber’s family.

(e) There shall be no variations in rates charged to subscribers including premiums and copayments, on the basis of any actual or expected health condition or claims experience of any subscriber or subscriber’s family member. The only variation in rates charged to subscribers, including copayments and premiums, that shall be permitted is that which is expressly authorized by Section 12693.43.

(f) There shall be no copayments for preventive services as defined in Section 1367.35 of the Health and Safety Code.

(g) There shall be no annual or lifetime benefit maximums in any of the coverage provided under the program.

(h) Plans that receive purchasing credits pursuant to Section 12693.39 shall comply with subdivisions (b), (c), (d), (e), (f), and (g).

(i) (1) Effective October 1, 2011, or the first day of the month following 120 days after the federal approval required by subparagraphs (A) and (B) of paragraph (3), whichever occurs later, copayments for emergency room and inpatient hospital services shall be set by the board as follows:

(A) Fifty dollars ($50) for outpatient emergency room services. The copayment shall be waived if the subscriber is hospitalized.

(B) One hundred dollars ($100) for each hospital inpatient day up to a maximum of two hundred dollars ($200) per admission.

(2) The changes made to the copayments in paragraph (1) shall not increase the maximum annual copayment of two hundred fifty dollars ($250) per family described in subdivision (a).

(3) The changes made to the copayments in paragraph (1) shall be implemented only if, and to the extent that, both of the following occur:

(A) The state receives prior federal authorization to implement the copayments in the form of an approved amendment to the state plan under Title XXI of the federal Social Security Act or a waiver of one or more requirements of Title XXI of the federal Social Security Act.

(B) The state receives prior federal authorization for, and implements, copayments in the same amounts for all children enrolled in the Medi-Cal program through an approved amendment to the state plan under Title XIX of the federal Social Security Act or a waiver of one or more requirements of Title XIX of the federal Social Security Act.

(4) Notwithstanding paragraph (1), the state shall not implement the copayments otherwise required by this subdivision at an earlier date than the state implements copayments in the same amounts for all children in the Medi-Cal program.

(5) The adoption and readoption, by the Managed Risk Medical Insurance Board, of regulations to implement the changes made to this section by the act that added this subdivision, shall be deemed to be an emergency and necessary to avoid serious harm to the public peace, health, safety, or general welfare for purposes of Sections 11346.1 and 11349.6 of the Government Code, and the board is hereby exempted from the requirement that it describe facts showing the need for immediate action and from review by the Office of Administrative Law.

(Amended by Stats. 2011, Ch. 3, Sec. 1.7. (AB 97) Effective March 24, 2011.)

12693.62.
  

Notwithstanding any other provision of law, for a subscriber who is determined by the California Children’s Services Program to be eligible for benefits under the program pursuant to Article 5 (commencing with Section 123800) of Chapter 3 of Part 2 of Division 106 of the Health and Safety Code, a participating plan shall not be responsible for the provision of, or payment for, the particular services authorized by the California Children’s Services Program for the particular subscriber for the treatment of a California Children’s Services Program eligible medical condition. Participating plans shall refer a child who they reasonably suspect of having a medical condition that is eligible for services under the California Children’s Services Program to the California Children’s Services Program. The California Children’s Services Program shall provide case management and authorization of services if the child is found to be medically eligible for the California Children’s Services Program. Diagnosis and treatment services that are authorized by the California Children’s Services Program shall be performed by paneled providers for that program and approved special care centers of that program in accordance with treatment plans approved by the California Children’s Services Program. All other services provided under the participating plan shall be available to the subscriber.

(Amended by Stats. 1999, Ch. 146, Sec. 17. Effective July 22, 1999.)

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