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AB-515 Medi-Cal: unrecovered payments: interest rate.(2019-2020)

Senate:
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Cmt
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3rd
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Assembly:
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Veto
Bill Status
AB-515
Mathis (A)
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Medi-Cal: unrecovered payments: interest rate.
03/16/19
An act to amend Section 14171 of the Welfare and Institutions Code, relating to Medi-Cal.
Assembly
08/31/20
05/16/19

Type of Measure
Inactive Bill - Vetoed
Majority Vote Required
Non-Appropriation
Fiscal Committee
Non-State-Mandated Local Program
Non-Urgency
Non-Tax levy
Last 5 History Actions
Date Action
09/28/20 Vetoed by Governor.
09/04/20 Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 2 p.m.
08/30/20 In Assembly. Ordered to Engrossing and Enrolling.
08/30/20 Read third time. Passed. Ordered to the Assembly. (Ayes 39. Noes 0.).
08/25/20 Read second time. Ordered to third reading.
Governor's Veto Message
To the Members of the California State Assembly:

I am returning Assembly Bill 515 without my signature.

Assembly Bill 515 would authorize the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) to reduce the interest rate assessed against any unrecovered overpayment to less than seven percent when a provider enters into a repayment agreement.

However, AB 515 fails to distinguish between overpayments due to provider fraud and abuse and those caused by Medi-Cal policy changes or DHCS error that are not the fault of a billing provider. In addition, it does not make the option for DHCS to waive interest subject to the availability of federal funding. As written, AB 515 would make it difficult for DHCS to protect California taxpayers from fraud, abuse, or improper billing.

I encourage the author to work with DHCS on future legislation that will specify the circumstances under which interest may be waived, and make those conditions subject to the availability of federal funding, in order to protect the State General Fund.

Sincerely,





Gavin Newsom