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SB-1023 Reproductive health care coverage.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 08/23/2018 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  August 23, 2018
Amended  IN  Assembly  August 06, 2018
Amended  IN  Senate  May 25, 2018
Amended  IN  Senate  March 12, 2018

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill No. 1023


Introduced by Senator Hernandez
(Coauthors: Assembly Members Aguiar-Curry and Wood)

February 07, 2018


An act to amend Section 1374.13 of the Health and Safety Code, to amend Section 10123.85 of the Insurance Code, and to amend Sections 14132.72 Sections 14503 and 24005 of the Welfare and Institutions Code, relating to reproductive health care coverage.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 1023, as amended, Hernandez. Reproductive health care coverage.

Existing law, the Knox-Keene Health Care Service Plan Act of 1975, provides for the licensure and regulation of health care service plans by the Department of Managed Health Care and makes a willful violation of the act a crime. Existing law also provides for the regulation of health insurers by the Department of Insurance. Existing law, among other things, states the intent of the Legislature to recognize the practice of telehealth as a legitimate means by which an individual may receive health care services from a health care provider without in-person contact with the health care provider.

This bill would clarify that health care service plans, health insurers, and Medi-Cal managed care plans may cover sexual and reproductive health services that are provided appropriately through telehealth according to clinical guidelines.

Existing law provides for the Medi-Cal program, which is administered by the State Department of Health Care Services and under which qualified low-income persons receive health care benefits. The Medi-Cal program is, in part, governed and funded by federal Medicaid program provisions. Existing law requires family planning services to be offered to all former, current, or potential Medi-Cal recipients of childbearing age and provided to all eligible individuals who voluntarily request the services. Existing law also establishes the Family Planning, Access, Care, and Treatment (Family PACT) Program, administered by the Office of Family Planning within the department, Planning, under which comprehensive clinical family planning services are provided to a person who has a family income at or below 200% of the federal poverty level, as revised annually, and who is eligible to receive these services.
This bill would clarify that the requirement to provide family planning benefits under the Medi-Cal program does not prohibit family planning services from being delivered through telehealth, including mobile telehealth delivered according to clinical guidelines. The bill would, beginning January 1, 2020, require the Family PACT Program to cover services provided by a Family PACT provider through direct video and telephonic communications with a provider and direct or asynchronous care provided through a smartphone application that is appropriate to be delivered remotely based on current clinical guidelines. Beginning January 1, 2020, the bill would allow Family PACT providers to determine program eligibility remotely and to enroll clients remotely, as specified, and would authorize the State Department of Health Care Services to develop program policies to support implementation of offsite eligibility determination and enrollment. The bill would, if a patient is ineligible for the Family PACT Program, but may be eligible for more comprehensive health care coverage through Medi-Cal or Covered California, require the Family PACT provider to share information with the patient about his or her coverage options, beginning January 1, 2020.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 (a) The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:
(1) California has a long history of, and commitment to, expanding access to services that aim to reduce the risk of unintended pregnancies and improving reproductive health outcomes.
(2) California’s Family Planning, Access, Care, and Treatment (Family PACT) Waiver Program, created in 1999, is viewed nationally as the “gold standard” of publicly funded programs providing access to reproductive health care and related services.
(3) The Affordable Care Act (ACA) and subsequent federal regulations mandated coverage for preventive services without cost sharing under most private health insurance plans to enhance access to the full range of FDA-approved prescription contraceptives and sexually transmitted disease (STD) screening.
(4) Since the passage of the ACA, many states have passed laws strengthening or expanding these preventive health coverage requirements. In 2014, California passed the Contraceptive Coverage Equity Act of 2014, which requires plans to cover all prescribed FDA-approved contraceptives for women without cost sharing, and requires plans to cover at least one therapeutic equivalent of a prescribed contraceptive drug, device, or product.
(5) Despite the gains we have made in reducing unintended pregnancy rates, in 2014, nearly 3,000,000 women in California were still in need of publicly supported family planning and there are significant disparities in unintended pregnancy and teen birth rates based on geography, race, and ethnicity.
(6) In addition, rates of STDs are at a historic high. While all Californians are at risk of contracting an STD, men who have sex with men, African Americans, and youth are disproportionately impacted in high morbidity counties throughout the state. If left untreated, STDs can lead to long-term and severe health issues, including cancer, infertility, and blindness, and greatly increase an individual’s risk of contracting HIV/AIDS.
(7) Preventing unintended pregnancy and the spread of STDs brings significant cost savings to the state and federal governments. Providing safe and effective sexual and reproductive health care outside of an onsite, face-to-face consultation can advance the triple aim of improving patient experience and satisfaction, improving population health, and reducing costs.
(b) It is the intent of the Legislature to provide access to sexual and reproductive health care by ensuring care modalities through alternative delivery systems and platforms.
SEC. 2.Section 1374.13 of the Health and Safety Code is amended to read:
1374.13.

(a)For the purposes of this section, the definitions in subdivision (a) of Section 2290.5 of the Business and Professions Code shall apply.

(b)It is the intent of the Legislature to recognize the practice of telehealth as a legitimate means by which an individual may receive health care services from a health care provider without in-person contact with the health care provider.

(c)A health care service plan shall not require that in-person contact occur between a health care provider and a patient before payment is made for the covered services appropriately provided through telehealth, subject to the terms and conditions of the contract entered into between the enrollee or subscriber and the health care service plan, and between the health care service plan and its participating providers or provider groups.

(d)A health care service plan shall not limit the type of setting where services are provided for the patient or by the health care provider before payment is made for the covered services appropriately provided through telehealth, subject to the terms and conditions of the contract entered into between the enrollee or subscriber and the health care service plan, and between the health care service plan and its participating providers or provider groups.

(e)A health care service plan may cover sexual and reproductive health services that are provided appropriately through telehealth according to clinical guidelines.

(f)The requirements of this section shall also apply to health care service plan and Medi-Cal managed care plan contracts with the State Department of Health Care Services pursuant to Chapter 7 (commencing with Section 14000) or Chapter 8 (commencing with Section 14200) of Part 3 of Division 9 of the Welfare and Institutions Code.

(g)Notwithstanding any other provision, this section shall not be interpreted to authorize a health care service plan to require the use of telehealth when the health care provider has determined that it is not appropriate.

SEC. 3.Section 10123.85 of the Insurance Code is amended to read:
10123.85.

(a)For purposes of this section, the definitions in subdivision (a) of Section 2290.5 of the Business and Professions Code shall apply.

(b)It is the intent of the Legislature to recognize the practice of telehealth as a legitimate means by which an individual may receive health care services from a health care provider without in-person contact with the health care provider.

(c)A health insurer shall not require that in-person contact occur between a health care provider and a patient before payment is made for the services appropriately provided through telehealth, subject to the terms and conditions of the contract entered into between the policyholder or contractholder and the insurer, and between the insurer and its participating providers or provider groups.

(d)A health insurer shall not limit the type of setting where services are provided for the patient or by the health care provider before payment is made for the covered services appropriately provided by telehealth, subject to the terms and conditions of the contract between the policyholder or contractholder and the insurer, and between the insurer and its participating providers or provider groups.

(e)A health insurer may cover sexual and reproductive health services that are provided appropriately through telehealth according to clinical guidelines.

(f)Notwithstanding any other provision, this section shall not be interpreted to authorize a health insurer to require the use of telehealth when the health care provider has determined that it is not appropriate.

SEC. 4.Section 14132.72 of the Welfare and Institutions Code is amended to read:
14132.72.

(a)For purposes of this section, the definitions in subdivision (a) of Section 2290.5 of the Business and Professions Code shall apply.

(b)It is the intent of the Legislature to recognize the practice of telehealth as a legitimate means by which an individual may receive health care services from a health care provider without in-person contact with the provider.

(c)In-person contact between a health care provider and a patient shall not be required under the Medi-Cal program for services appropriately provided through telehealth, subject to reimbursement policies adopted by the department to compensate a licensed health care provider who provides health care services through telehealth that are otherwise reimbursed pursuant to the Medi-Cal program. This section and the Telehealth Advancement Act of 2011 shall not be construed to conflict with or supersede existing state laws or regulations related to reimbursement for services provided by a noncontracted provider.

(d)The department shall not require a health care provider to document a barrier to an in-person visit for Medi-Cal coverage of services provided via telehealth.

(e)(1)A Medi-Cal managed care plan may cover sexual and reproductive health services that are provided appropriately through telehealth according to clinical guidelines.

(2)The department shall seek any federal approvals as necessary to implement this subdivision.

(f)For the purposes of payment for covered treatment or services provided through telehealth, the department shall not limit the type of setting where services are provided for the patient or by the health care provider.

(g)Nothing in this section shall be interpreted to authorize the department to require the use of telehealth when the health care provider has determined that it is not appropriate.

(h)Notwithstanding Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 11340) of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code, the department may implement, interpret, and make specific this section by means of all-county letters, provider bulletins, and similar instructions.

SEC. 2.

 Section 14503 of the Welfare and Institutions Code is amended to read:

14503.
 (a) Family planning services shall be offered to all former, current, or potential recipients of childbearing age (as provided by Public Law 92-603) and provided to all eligible individuals who voluntarily request the services. The services shall be offered and provided without regard to marital status, age, or parenthood. Notwithstanding any other provisions of law, the furnishing of these family planning services shall not require the consent of anyone other than the person who is to receive them. Within the meaning of this section, the term “former, current, or potential recipient” means all persons eligible for Medi-Cal benefits under Chapter 7 (commencing with Section 14000) and all persons eligible for public social services for which federal reimbursement is available under the federal Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. Sec. 301 et seq.), except that the term “potential recipients” includes all persons in a family where current social, economic, and health conditions of the family indicate that the family would likely become a recipient of financial assistance within the next five years.
(b) Family planning services shall include, but not be limited to:
(1) Medical treatment and procedures defined as family planning services under the published Medi-Cal scope of benefits.
(2) Medical contraceptive services such as diagnosis, treatment, supplies, and followup.
(3) Informational and educational services.
(4) Facilitating services such as transportation and child care services needed to attend clinic or other appointments.
(5) Screening for chlamydia.
(c) To the extent the services under this section are not available under the Medi-Cal program, they shall be provided by a grantee pursuant to a grant awarded by the Office of Family Planning. These grants shall include to the maximum extent possible, cooperative funding and other financial arrangements that permit maximum use of available federal funds. All grants awarded by the Office of Family Planning shall be exempt from Division 2 (commencing with Section 1100) of the Public Contract Code. Information and referral services only shall be available to all other families and children.
(d) As the single state agency responsible for the state plan under Title XX of the federal Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. Sec. 1397 et seq.), the State Department of Social Services may provide family planning services pursuant to a purchase of services agreement with the department from funds appropriated for those services. The agreement shall authorize the Office of Family Planning to implement a sliding fee schedule for family planning services provided to clients pursuant to Title XX of the federal Social Security Act in accordance with Section 14501.5.
(e) Nothing in this section prohibits family planning services from being delivered through telehealth, including mobile telehealth delivered according to clinical guidelines.

SEC. 5.SEC. 3.

 Section 24005 of the Welfare and Institutions Code is amended to read:

24005.
 (a) This section applies to the Family Planning, Access, Care, and Treatment (Family PACT) Program identified in subdivision (aa) of Section 14132 and this program.
(b) Only licensed medical personnel with family planning skills, knowledge, and competency may provide the full range of family planning medical services covered in this program.
(c) Medi-Cal enrolled providers, as determined by the department, shall be eligible to provide family planning services under the program when these services are within their scope of practice and licensure. Those clinical providers electing to participate in the program and approved by the department shall provide the full scope of family planning education, counseling, and medical services specified for the program, either directly or by referral, consistent with standards of care issued by the department.
(d) The department shall require providers to enter into clinical agreements with the department to ensure compliance with standards and requirements to maintain the fiscal integrity of the program. Provider applicants, providers, and persons with an ownership or control interest, as defined in federal Medicaid regulations, shall be required to submit to the department their social security numbers to the full extent allowed under federal law. All state and federal statutes and regulations pertaining to the audit or examination of Medi-Cal providers apply to this program.
(e) Clinical provider agreements shall be signed by the provider under penalty of perjury. The department may screen applicants at the initial application and at any reapplication pursuant to requirements developed by the department to determine provider suitability for the program.
(f) The department may complete a background check on clinical provider applicants for the purpose of verifying the accuracy of information provided to the department for purposes of enrolling in the program and in order to prevent fraud and abuse. The background check may include, but not be limited to, unannounced onsite inspection prior to enrollment, review of business records, and data searches. If discrepancies are found to exist during the preenrollment period, the department may conduct additional inspections prior to enrollment. Failure to remediate significant discrepancies as prescribed by the director may result in denial of the application for enrollment. Providers that do not provide services consistent with the standards of care or that do not comply with the department’s rules related to the fiscal integrity of the program may be disenrolled as a provider from the program at the sole discretion of the department.
(g) The department shall not enroll any applicant who, within the previous 10 years:
(1) Has been convicted of any felony or misdemeanor that involves fraud or abuse in any government program, that relates to neglect or abuse of a patient in connection with the delivery of a health care item or service, or that is in connection with the interference with, or obstruction of, any investigation into health care related fraud or abuse.
(2) Has been found liable for fraud or abuse in any civil proceeding, or that has entered into a settlement in lieu of conviction for fraud or abuse in any government program.
(h) In addition, the department may deny enrollment to any applicant that, at the time of application, is under investigation by the department or any local, state, or federal government law enforcement agency for fraud or abuse. The department shall not deny enrollment to an otherwise qualified applicant whose felony or misdemeanor charges did not result in a conviction solely on the basis of the prior charges. If it is discovered that a provider is under investigation by the department or any local, state, or federal government law enforcement agency for fraud or abuse, that provider shall be subject to immediate disenrollment from the program.
(i) (1) The program shall disenroll as a program provider any individual who, or any entity that, has a license, certificate, or other approval to provide health care that is revoked or suspended by a federal, California, or other state’s licensing, certification, or other approval authority, has otherwise lost that license, certificate, or approval, or has surrendered that license, certificate, or approval while a disciplinary hearing on the license, certificate, or approval was pending. The disenrollment shall be effective on the date the license, certificate, or approval is revoked, lost, or surrendered.
(2) A provider shall be subject to disenrollment if the provider submits claims for payment for the services, goods, supplies, or merchandise provided, directly or indirectly, to a program beneficiary, by an individual or entity that has been previously suspended, excluded, or otherwise made ineligible to receive, directly or indirectly, reimbursement from the program or from the Medi-Cal program and the individual has previously been listed on either the Suspended and Ineligible Provider List, which is published by the department, to identify suspended and otherwise ineligible providers or any list published by the federal Office of the Inspector General regarding the suspension or exclusion of individuals or entities from the federal Medicare and Medicaid programs, to identify suspended, excluded, or otherwise ineligible providers.
(3) The department shall deactivate, immediately and without prior notice, the provider numbers used by a provider to obtain reimbursement from the program when warrants or documents mailed to a provider’s mailing address, its pay to address, or its service address, if any, are returned by the United States Postal Service as not deliverable or when a provider has not submitted a claim for reimbursement from the program for one year. Prior to taking this action, the department shall use due diligence in attempting to contact the provider at its last known telephone number and to ascertain if the return by the United States Postal Service is by mistake and shall use due diligence in attempting to contact the provider by telephone or in writing to ascertain whether the provider wishes to continue to participate in the Medi-Cal program. If deactivation pursuant to this section occurs, the provider shall meet the requirements for reapplication as specified in regulation.
(4) For purposes of this subdivision:
(A) “Mailing address” means the address that the provider has identified to the department in its application for enrollment as the address at which it wishes to receive general program correspondence.
(B) “Pay to address” means the address that the provider has identified to the department in its application for enrollment as the address at which it wishes to receive warrants.
(C) “Service address” means the address that the provider has identified to the department in its application for enrollment as the address at which the provider will provide services to program beneficiaries.
(j) Subject to Article 4 (commencing with Section 19130) of Chapter 5 of Part 2 of Division 5 of Title 2 of the Government Code, the department may enter into contracts to secure consultant services or information technology including, but not limited to, software, data, or analytical techniques or methodologies for the purpose of fraud or abuse detection and prevention. Contracts under this section shall be exempt from the Public Contract Code.
(k) Enrolled providers shall attend specific orientation approved by the department in comprehensive family planning services. Enrolled providers who insert IUDs or contraceptive implants shall have received prior clinical training specific to these procedures.
(l) Upon receipt of reliable evidence that would be admissible under the administrative adjudication provisions of Chapter 5 (commencing with Section 11500) of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code, of fraud or willful misrepresentation by a provider under the program or commencement of a suspension under Section 14123, the department may do any of the following:
(1) Collect any State-Only Family Planning program or Family Planning, Access, Care, and Treatment Program overpayment identified through an audit or examination, or any portion thereof from any provider. Notwithstanding Section 100171 of the Health and Safety Code, a provider may appeal the collection of overpayments under this section pursuant to procedures established in Article 5.3 (commencing with Section 14170) of Chapter 7 of Part 3 of Division 9. Overpayments collected under this section shall not be returned to the provider during the pendency of any appeal and may be offset to satisfy audit or appeal findings, if the findings are against the provider. Overpayments shall be returned to a provider with interest if findings are in favor of the provider.
(2) Withhold payment for any goods or services, or any portion thereof, from any State-Only Family Planning program or Family Planning, Access, Care, and Treatment Program provider. The department shall notify the provider within five days of any withholding of payment under this section. The notice shall do all of the following:
(A) State that payments are being withheld in accordance with this paragraph and that the withholding is for a temporary period and will not continue after it is determined that the evidence of fraud or willful misrepresentation is insufficient or when legal proceedings relating to the alleged fraud or willful misrepresentation are completed.
(B) Cite the circumstances under which the withholding of the payments will be terminated.
(C) Specify, when appropriate, the type or types of claimed payments being withheld.
(D) Inform the provider of the right to submit written evidence that is evidence that would be admissible under the administrative adjudication provisions of Chapter 5 (commencing with Section 11500) of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code, for consideration by the department.
(3) Notwithstanding Section 100171 of the Health and Safety Code, a provider may appeal a withholding of payment under this section pursuant to Section 14043.65. Payments withheld under this section shall not be returned to the provider during the pendency of any appeal and may be offset to satisfy audit or appeal findings.
(m) As used in this section:
(1) “Abuse” means either of the following:
(A) Practices that are inconsistent with sound fiscal or business practices and result in unnecessary cost to the Medicaid program, the Medicare Program, the Medi-Cal program, including the Family Planning, Access, Care, and Treatment Program, identified in subdivision (aa) of Section 14132, another state’s Medicaid program, or the State-Only Family Planning program, or other health care programs operated, or financed in whole or in part, by the federal government or any state or local agency in this state or any other state.
(B) Practices that are inconsistent with sound medical practices and result in reimbursement, by any of the programs referred to in subparagraph (A) or other health care programs operated, or financed in whole or in part, by the federal government or any state or local agency in this state or any other state, for services that are unnecessary or for substandard items or services that fail to meet professionally recognized standards for health care.
(2) “Fraud” means an intentional deception or misrepresentation made by a person with the knowledge that the deception could result in some unauthorized benefit to himself or herself or some other person. It includes any act that constitutes fraud under applicable federal or state law.
(3) “Provider” means any individual, partnership, group, association, corporation, institution, or other entity, and the officers, directors, owners, managing employees, or agents of any partnership, group, association, corporation, institution, or other entity, that provides services, goods, supplies, or merchandise, directly or indirectly, to a beneficiary and has been enrolled in the program.
(4) “Convicted” means any of the following:
(A) A judgment of conviction has been entered against an individual or entity by a federal, state, or local court, regardless of whether there is a post-trial motion or an appeal pending or the judgment of conviction or other record relating to the criminal conduct has been expunged or otherwise removed.
(B) A federal, state, or local court has made a finding of guilt against an individual or entity.
(C) A federal, state, or local court has accepted a plea of guilty or nolo contendere by an individual or entity.
(D) An individual or entity has entered into participation in a first offender, deferred adjudication, or other program or arrangement in which judgment of conviction has been withheld.
(5) “Professionally recognized standards of health care” means statewide or national standards of care, whether in writing or not, that professional peers of the individual or entity whose provision of care is an issue, recognize as applying to those peers practicing or providing care within a state. When the United States Department of Health and Human Services has declared a treatment modality not to be safe and effective, practitioners that employ that treatment modality shall be deemed not to meet professionally recognized standards of health care. This definition shall not be construed to mean that all other treatments meet professionally recognized standards of care.
(6) “Unnecessary or substandard items or services” means those that are either of the following:
(A) Substantially in excess of the provider’s usual charges or costs for the items or services.
(B) Furnished, or caused to be furnished, to patients, whether or not covered by Medicare, Medicaid, or any of the state health care programs to which the definitions of applicant and provider apply, and which are substantially in excess of the patient’s needs, or of a quality that fails to meet professionally recognized standards of health care. The department’s determination that the items or services furnished were excessive or of unacceptable quality shall be made on the basis of information, including sanction reports, from the following sources:
(i) The professional review organization for the area served by the individual or entity.
(ii) State or local licensing or certification authorities.
(iii) Fiscal agents or contractors, or private insurance companies.
(iv) State or local professional societies.
(v) Any other sources deemed appropriate by the department.
(7) “Enrolled or enrollment in the program” means authorized under any and all processes by the department or its agents or contractors to receive, directly or indirectly, reimbursement for the provision of services, goods, supplies, or merchandise to a program beneficiary.
(n) In lieu of, or in addition to, the imposition of any other sanctions available, including the imposition of a civil penalty under Section 14123.2 or 14171.6, the program may impose on providers any or all of the penalties pursuant to Section 14123.25, in accordance with the provisions of that section. In addition, program providers shall be subject to the penalties contained in Section 14107.
(o) (1) Notwithstanding any other law, every primary supplier of pharmaceuticals, medical equipment, or supplies shall maintain accounting records to demonstrate the manufacture, assembly, purchase, or acquisition and subsequent sale, of any pharmaceuticals, medical equipment, or supplies, to providers. Accounting records shall include, but not be limited to, inventory records, general ledgers, financial statements, purchase and sales journals, and invoices, prescription records, bills of lading, and delivery records.
(2) For purposes of this subdivision, the term “primary supplier” means any manufacturer, principal labeler, assembler, wholesaler, or retailer.
(3) Accounting records maintained pursuant to paragraph (1) are subject to audit or examination by the department or its agents. The audit or examination may include, but is not limited to, verification of what was claimed by the provider. These accounting records shall be maintained for three years from the date of sale or the date of service.
(p) Each provider of health care services rendered to any program beneficiary shall keep and maintain records of each service rendered, the beneficiary to whom rendered, the date, and any additional information that the department may by regulation require. Records required to be kept and maintained pursuant to this subdivision shall be retained by the provider for a period of three years from the date the service was rendered.
(q) A program provider applicant or a program provider shall furnish information or copies of records and documentation requested by the department. Failure to comply with the department’s request shall be grounds for denial of the application or automatic disenrollment of the provider.
(r) A program provider may assign signature authority for transmission of claims to a billing agent subject to Sections 14040, 14040.1, and 14040.5.
(s) Moneys payable or rights existing under this division shall be subject to any claim, lien, or offset of the State of California, and any claim of the United States of America made pursuant to federal statute, but shall not otherwise be subject to enforcement of a money judgment or other legal process, and no transfer or assignment, at law or in equity, of any right of a provider of health care to any payment shall be enforceable against the state, a fiscal intermediary, or carrier.
(t) (1) Notwithstanding any other law, within 30 calendar days of receiving a complete application for enrollment into the Family PACT Program from an affiliate primary care clinic licensed under Section 1218.1 of the Health and Safety Code, the department shall do one of the following:
(A) Approve the provider’s Family PACT Program application, provided the applicant meets the Family PACT Program provider enrollment requirements set forth in this section.
(B) If the provider is an enrolled Medi-Cal provider in good standing, notify the applicant in writing of any discrepancies in the Family PACT Program enrollment application. The applicant shall have 30 days from the date of written notice to correct any identified discrepancies. Upon receipt of all requested corrections, the department shall approve the application within 30 calendar days.
(C) If the provider is not an enrolled Medi-Cal provider in good standing, the department shall not proceed with the actions described in this subdivision until the department receives confirmation of good standing and enrollment as a Medi-Cal provider.
(2) The effective date of enrollment into the Family PACT Program shall be the later of the date the department receives confirmation of enrollment as a Medi-Cal provider, or the date the applicant meets all Family PACT Program provider enrollment requirements set forth in this section.
(u) Providers, or the enrolling entity, shall make available to all applicants and beneficiaries prior to, or concurrent with, enrollment, information on the manner in which to apply for insurance affordability programs, in a manner determined by the State Department of Health Care Services. The information provided shall include the manner in which applications can be submitted for insurance affordability programs, information about the open enrollment periods for the California Health Benefit Exchange, and the continuous enrollment aspect of the Medi-Cal program.
(v) (1) Commencing January 1, 2020, services provided by a Family PACT provider through direct video and telephonic communications with a provider, or direct or asynchronous care provided through a smartphone application, that are appropriate to be delivered remotely based on current clinical guidelines, shall be covered services under the Family PACT Program.
(2) Commencing January 1, 2020, providers may determine program eligibility remotely based on the most current Family PACT Program eligibility form. The State Department of Health Care Services may develop program policies to support implementation of offsite eligibility determination and enrollment. If clients are eligible for the program, they may be enrolled by a Family PACT provider remotely. If a patient is ineligible for the Family PACT Program, but may be eligible for more comprehensive health care coverage through Medi-Cal or Covered California, the Family PACT Program provider shall share information with the patient about his or her coverage options.
(3) The department shall seek any federal approvals as necessary to implement this subdivision.