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AB-1160 Medically supportive food.(2021-2022)

As Amends the Law Today

 (a) The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:
(1) Malnutrition and poor nutrition can lead to devastating health outcomes, higher utilization, and increased costs, particularly among medically vulnerable individuals with chronic conditions.
(2) Medically tailored meals help individuals achieve their nutrition goals at critical times to help them regain and maintain their health.
(3) Medically tailored meals help improve health outcomes, lower hospital readmission rates, and maintain nutritional health status.
(b) Therefore, it is the intent of the Legislature to do both of the following:
(1) Encourage Medi-Cal managed care plans to offer in lieu of services and settings to its enrollees.
(2) Authorize Medi-Cal managed care plans to provide medically tailored meals to enrollees.

SEC. 2.

 Section 14197.13 is added to the Welfare and Institutions Code, immediately following Section 14197.1, to read:

 (a) To encourage Medi-Cal managed care plans to offer in lieu of services and settings pursuant to Section 438.3(e)(2) of Title 42 of the Code of Federal Regulations, effective for contract periods commencing on or after January 1, 2022, Medi-Cal managed care plans may provide medically tailored meals to enrollees.
(b) Notwithstanding Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 11340) of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code, the department, without taking any further regulatory action, may implement, interpret, or make specific this section by means of all-county letters, plan letters, plan or provider bulletins, or similar instructions until the time regulations are adopted.
(c) The department shall seek any federal approvals it deems necessary to implement this section. This section shall be implemented only to the extent that any necessary federal approvals are obtained and federal financial participation is available and is not otherwise jeopardized.