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Welfare and Institutions Code - WIC

DIVISION 9. PUBLIC SOCIAL SERVICES [10000 - 18999.8]

  ( Division 9 added by Stats. 1965, Ch. 1784. )

PART 3.3. Health Care Coverage Assistance [15800 - 15895]

  ( Part 3.3 added by Stats. 2013, Ch. 23, Sec. 68. )

CHAPTER 4. California Major Risk Medical Insurance Program [15870 - 15895]

  ( Chapter 4 added by Stats. 2014, Ch. 31, Sec. 90. )

ARTICLE 7. Major Risk Medical Insurance Fund [15893 - 15895]
  ( Article 7 added by Stats. 2014, Ch. 31, Sec. 90. )

15893.
  

(a) There is hereby continued in existence in the State Treasury a special fund known as the Major Risk Medical Insurance Fund that is, notwithstanding Section 13340 of the Government Code, continuously appropriated to the department for the purposes specified in Section 15894, Section 10127.16 of the Insurance Code, and Section 1373.622 of the Health and Safety Code.

(b) Funds may be deposited in the Major Risk Medical Insurance Fund from one or more of the following accounts in the Cigarette and Tobacco Products Surtax Fund:

(1) The Hospital Services Account.

(2) The Physician Services Account.

(3) The Unallocated Account.

(c) Effective July 1, 2017, the Major Risk Medical Insurance Fund in the State Treasury is abolished and all moneys in the fund shall be transferred to the Health Care Services Plan Fines and Penalties Fund created pursuant to subdivision (d). Any remaining balance, assets, liabilities, and encumbrances of the Major Risk Medical Insurance Fund as of July 1, 2017, shall be transferred to, and become part of, the Health Care Services Plan Fines and Penalties Fund.

(d) There is hereby created in the State Treasury a special fund known as the Health Care Services Plan Fines and Penalties Fund that is, notwithstanding Section 13340 of the Government Code, continuously appropriated to the department for the purposes specified in Section 15894, Section 10127.16 of the Insurance Code, and Section 1373.622 of the Health and Safety Code.

(e) Any law that refers to the Major Risk Medical Insurance Fund, including, but not limited to, a reference in this chapter to the Major Risk Medical Insurance Fund or the “fund,” shall be construed to refer to the Health Care Services Plan Fines and Penalties Fund, effective July 1, 2017.

(f) Notwithstanding any other law, the Controller may use the funds in the Health Care Services Plan Fines and Penalties Fund for cash flow loans to the General Fund as provided in Sections 16310 and 16381 of the Government Code.

(Amended by Stats. 2017, Ch. 52, Sec. 79. (SB 97) Effective July 10, 2017.)

15894.
  

(a) Except as provided in Section 15894.5, the department shall authorize the expenditure of money in the fund to cover program expenses, including program expenses that exceed subscriber contributions, and to cover expenses relating to Section 10127.16 of the Insurance Code, Section 1373.622 of the Health and Safety Code, and health care services for eligible individuals in the Medi-Cal program. The department shall determine the amount of funds expended for each of these purposes, taking into consideration the requirements of this chapter, Section 10127.16 of the Insurance Code, and Section 1373.622 of the Health and Safety Code. Funds may be expended for health care services for eligible individuals in the Medi-Cal program only after all costs for the administration and delivery of health care services under Section 1373.622 of the Health and Safety Code and Section 10127.16 of the Insurance Code have been fully funded.

(b) Following consultation with a health care service plan or health insurer, if the department and the health care service plan or health insurer have not agreed to a final reconciliation of the amount to be expended from the fund or to be reimbursed to the fund, the department shall give written notice of its determination to the health care service plan or health insurer of the final reconciliation amount, as determined by the department. The health care service plan or health insurer shall remit payment to the department within 60 days of the date of notice from the department. If payment is not received, interest shall accrue in the amount of 7 percent per annum. The department may offset the amount to be reimbursed to the fund against any other payments owed to the health care service plan or health insurer by the department, or may negotiate a payment plan with the health care service plan or health insurer for full payment, and in that case may waive interest accrual as long as payment from the health care service plan or health insurer is made in accordance with the payment plan. This subdivision shall control over any conflict or ambiguity between this subdivision and the provisions of Section 1373.622 of the Health and Safety Code, Section 10127.16 of the Insurance Code, Part 6.5 (commencing with Section 12700) of Division 2 of the Insurance Code, or this chapter.

(Amended by Stats. 2017, Ch. 52, Sec. 81. (SB 97) Effective July 10, 2017.)

15894.5.
  

(a) From money appropriated by the Legislature to the fund, the department may expend sufficient funds to carry out the purposes of this chapter and of Section 10127.16 of the Insurance Code, and Section 1373.622 of the Health and Safety Code.

(b) However, the state is not liable beyond the assets of the fund for any obligations incurred, or liabilities sustained, in the operation of the California Major Risk Medical Insurance Program or for the expenditures described in Section 10127.16 of the Insurance Code and Section 1373.622 of the Health and Safety Code.

(Amended by Stats. 2015, Ch. 303, Sec. 627. (AB 731) Effective January 1, 2016.)

15895.
  

Any moneys remaining in the fund at the end of any fiscal year may be carried forward to the next succeeding fiscal year.

(Added by Stats. 2014, Ch. 31, Sec. 90. (SB 857) Effective June 20, 2014. Section operative July 1, 2014, pursuant to Section 15872.5.)

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