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AB-171 Health.(2021-2022)

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Date Published: 09/04/2021 03:33 PM
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Amended  IN  Senate  September 04, 2021
Amended  IN  Assembly  February 17, 2021

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2021–2022 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 171


Introduced by Committee on Budget (Assembly Members Ting (Chair), Arambula, Bennett, Bloom, Carrillo, Chiu, Cooper, Frazier, Friedman, Cristina Garcia, Jones-Sawyer, Lee, McCarty, Medina, Mullin, Nazarian, O’Donnell, Ramos, Reyes, Luz Rivas, Blanca Rubio, Stone, and Wood)

January 08, 2021


An act relating to the Budget Act of 2021. to amend Sections 14124.12 and 14197 of, and to add Section 14124.16 to, the Welfare and Institutions Code, relating to health, and making an appropriation therefor, to take effect immediately, bill related to the budget.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 171, as amended, Committee on Budget. Budget Act of 2021. Health.
Existing law establishes the Medi-Cal program, which is administered by the State Department of Health Care Services and under which qualified low-income individuals receive health care services through various health care delivery systems, including managed care pursuant to Medi-Cal managed care plan contracts. The Medi-Cal program is, in part, governed and funded by federal Medicaid program provisions.
This bill, subject to an appropriation, would require the department to implement activities and expenditures to enhance, expand, or strengthen home and community-based services (HCBS) under the Medi-Cal program, as specified.
The bill would also, upon appropriation, require the department to complete an independent analysis to determine whether network adequacy exists to obtain federal approval for a covered Medi-Cal benefit that provides housing support services, and to report the outcomes of the analysis to the Legislature by January 1, 2024, as specified.
Existing law establishes, until January 1, 2022, certain time and distance and appointment time standards for specified Medi-Cal managed care covered services, consistent with federal regulations relating to network adequacy standards, to ensure that those services are available and accessible to enrollees of Medi-Cal managed care plans in a timely manner, as specified.
This bill would extend the operation of those standards to January 1, 2023.
This bill would appropriate $6,434,000, for the 2021–22 fiscal year, from the Federal Trust Fund to the department to support community mental health services.
This bill would declare that it is to take effect immediately as a bill providing for appropriations related to the Budget Bill.

This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes, relating to the Budget Act of 2021.

Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NOYES   Fiscal Committee: NOYES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 14124.12 of the Welfare and Institutions Code is amended to read:

14124.12.
 (a) (1) Notwithstanding any other law, for the duration of the COVID-19 emergency period, the department shall implement any federal Medicaid program waiver or flexibility approved by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services related to the COVID-19 public health emergency. This includes, but is not limited to, any waiver or flexibility approved pursuant to Sections 1315, 1320b-5, or 1396n of Title 42 of the United States Code, or the Medi-Cal state plan. Any request for a federal Medicaid program waiver or flexibility shall be subject to Department of Finance approval before the department submits that request to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
(2) During the COVID-19 emergency period, and through December 31, 2022, for any extended waiver or flexibility described in subdivision (f), if there is a conflict between this chapter, Chapter 8 (commencing with Section 14200), Chapter 8.8 (commencing with Section 14600), or Chapter 8.9 (commencing with Section 14700), and any approved federal waiver or flexibility, as described in paragraph (1), the approved federal waiver or flexibility shall control over any conflict in the specified state law.
(b) (1) To the extent that federal financial participation is available, the department, subject to Department of Finance approval, shall exercise its option under Section 1396a(a)(10)(A)(ii)(XXIII) of Title 42 of the United States Code to extend the medical assistance, as described in Section 1396a(a)(10)(A)(ii)(XVIII) of Title 42 of the United States Code, to uninsured individuals, as defined in Section 1396a(ss) of Title 42 of the United States Code, for the duration of the COVID-19 emergency period.
(2) The department, subject to Department of Finance approval, may seek federal approval pursuant to Section 1315 of Title 42 of the United States Code to extend the medical assistance afforded to uninsured individuals pursuant to paragraph (1) to include COVID-19-related treatment services that are otherwise covered for full-scope Medi-Cal beneficiaries, as defined by the department. If federal financial participation is unavailable, the department, subject to Department of Finance approval, may elect to implement this paragraph on a state-only funding basis, and subject to an appropriation by the Legislature.
(c) Notwithstanding any other law, the department shall seek to maximize federal financial participation for Medi-Cal expenditures that it determines to be available for the COVID-19 public health emergency, and shall comply with any federal requirements and conditions for receipt of that federal financial participation. This includes, but is not limited to, the temporary increase in the federal medical assistance percentage made available pursuant to Section 6008 of the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act (Public Law 116-127).
(d) Due to the impact of the COVID-19 public health emergency on the department’s ongoing administration of the Medi-Cal program, the department may seek any federal approvals it deems necessary for any number of temporary extensions of all or select components of the California Medi-Cal 2020 Demonstration (No. 11-W-00193/9) pursuant to Article 5.5 (commencing with Section 14184), which is scheduled to expire on December 31, 2020. If the department elects to seek any extension, the department shall determine the length of time for the extension sought and whether to seek an extension for the entirety of the demonstration or select components of the demonstration. In implementing this subdivision, the department, to the extent practicable, shall consult with affected stakeholder entities before seeking a temporary extension.
(e) The department, subject to Department of Finance approval, shall seek any federal approvals it deems necessary to implement this section or to maintain sufficient access to covered benefits under the Medi-Cal program during the COVID-19 emergency period. 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.
(f) (1) (A) The department shall seek any federal approvals it deems necessary to extend the approved waiver or flexibility implemented pursuant to subdivision (a), as of July 1, 2021, that are related to the delivery and reimbursement of services via telehealth modalities in the Medi-Cal program. Subject to subdivision (e), the department shall implement those extended waivers or flexibilities for which federal approval is obtained, to commence on the first calendar day immediately following the last calendar day of the federal COVID-19 public health emergency period, and through December 31, 2022.
(B) Subject to subdivision (e), the department may authorize the use of remote patient monitoring as an allowable telehealth modality for covered health care services and provider types it deems appropriate for dates of service on or after July 1, 2021. The department may establish a fee schedule for applicable health care services delivered via remote patient monitoring.
(2) (A) For purposes of informing the 2022–23 proposed Governor’s Budget, released in January 2022, the department shall convene an advisory group consisting of consultants, subject matter experts, and other affected stakeholders to provide recommendations to inform the department in establishing and adopting billing and utilization management protocols for telehealth modalities to increase access and equity and reduce disparities in the Medi-Cal program. The advisory group shall analyze the impact of telehealth in increased access for patients, changes in health quality outcomes and utilization, best practices for the appropriate mix of in-person visits and telehealth, and the benefits or liabilities of any practice or care model changes that have resulted from telephonic visits.
(B) The advisory group shall include representatives of the California Medical Association, the California Primary Care Association, the California Association of Public Hospitals, the County Behavioral Health Directors Association, Medi-Cal managed care plans, Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California, Essential Access Health, and other subject matter experts or other affected stakeholders as identified by the department.
(3) For purposes of implementing this subdivision, the department may enter into exclusive or nonexclusive contracts, or amend existing contracts, on a bid or negotiated basis. Contracts entered into or amended pursuant to this paragraph shall be exempt from Chapter 6 (commencing with Section 14825) of Part 5.5 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code, Section 19130 of the Government Code, Part 2 (commencing with Section 10100) of Division 2 of the Public Contract Code, and the State Administrative Manual, and shall be exempt from the review or approval of any division of the Department of General Services.
(4) Nothing in this subdivision shall be construed to limit coverage of, and reimbursement for, telehealth modalities that are the type authorized by the department prior to the COVID-19 emergency period and described in the Medi-Cal State Plan, the Medi-Cal provider manual, or other departmental guidance.
(g) (1) Notwithstanding any other law, subject to appropriation by the Legislature and Section 11.95 of the Budget Act of 2021, the department shall implement those activities and expenditures to enhance, expand, or strengthen home and community-based services (HCBS) under the Medi-Cal program that are approved by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services pursuant to Section 9817 of the federal American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (Public Law 117-2) and associated federal guidance.
(2) Notwithstanding any other law, the department shall comply with any federal requirements and conditions as necessary to claim the increased federal medical assistance percentage for eligible HCBS expenditures pursuant to Section 9817 of the federal American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (Public Law 117-2) and associated federal guidance.
(3) Notwithstanding any other law, stipends or payments received by an individual from initiatives included in the approved HCBS spending plan described in this subdivision shall not be considered income or resources for purposes of determining the individual’s, or any member of their household’s, eligibility for benefits or assistance, or the amount or extent of benefits or assistance, under any state or local benefit or assistance program, to the extent permitted under federal law and, where applicable, to the extent any necessary federal approvals are obtained.
(4) Notwithstanding Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 11340) of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code, the department, the State Department of Social Services, the California Department of Aging, the State Department of Public Health, the State Department of Developmental Services, the State Department of Rehabilitation, and the Department of Health Care Access and Information, as applicable, may implement, interpret, or make specific this subdivision and any HCBS activity described in paragraph (1) by means of all-county letters, plan letters, provider bulletins, or other similar instructions, without taking any further regulatory action.
(5) For purposes of implementing this subdivision and any HCBS activity described in paragraph (1), the department, the State Department of Social Services, the California Department of Aging, the State Department of Public Health, the State Department of Developmental Services, the State Department of Rehabilitation, and the Department of Health Care Access and Information, as applicable, may enter into exclusive or nonexclusive contracts, or amend existing contracts, on a bid or negotiated basis. Contracts entered into or amended pursuant to this paragraph, and the implementation of any HCBS activity described in paragraph (1), shall be exempt from Chapter 6 (commencing with Section 14825) of Part 5.5 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code, Section 19130 of the Government Code, Part 2 (commencing with Section 10100) of Division 2 of the Public Contract Code, Chapters 7 (commencing with Section 9530) and 7.5 (commencing with Section 9540) of Division 8.5 of this code, and the State Administrative Manual, and shall be exempt from the review or approval of any division of the Department of General Services.
(6) Any funding made available to the Traumatic Brain Injury Program in the State Department of Rehabilitation pursuant to paragraph (1) shall be exempted from subdivision (b) of Section 4355, subdivision (b) of Section 4357, and subdivision (c) of Section 4357.1.

(g)

(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, or make specific this section by means of all-county letters, plan letters, provider bulletins, or other similar instructions without taking any further regulatory action.

(h)

(i) For purposes of this section, the following definitions apply:
(1) “COVID-19 emergency period” has the same meaning as “emergency period” as defined in Section 1320b-5(g)(1)(B) of Title 42 of the United States Code, unless otherwise defined in federal law or any federal approval obtained pursuant to this section.
(2) “COVID-19 public health emergency” means the Public Health Emergency declared by the Secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services on January 31, 2020, pursuant to Section 247d of Title 42 of the United States Code, and entitled “Determination that a Public Health Emergency Exists Nationwide as the Result of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus,” including any subsequent renewal of that declaration.

SEC. 2.

 Section 14124.16 is added to the Welfare and Institutions Code, to read:

14124.16.
 (a) (1) Upon appropriation by the Legislature for this purpose, the department shall complete an independent analysis to determine whether network adequacy exists to obtain federal approval for a covered Medi-Cal benefit that provides housing support services. The analysis shall take into consideration all of the following in assessing capacity to provide a covered housing support services benefit:
(A) Providers that are not certified Medi-Cal providers, but are receiving funding from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development to provide housing support services.
(B) The number of providers in relation to each region’s or county’s number of people experiencing homelessness.
(C) A comparison of provider networks in states that have implemented Medicaid benefits to fund housing support services, including any similar Medicaid benefits in California serving different populations.
(D) Specific actions the department could take to develop a network of providers meeting the criteria of this section, and an estimated timeline for developing an adequate network, should the analysis conclude that the state’s network is not yet adequate.
(2) The department shall report, in compliance with Section 9795 of the Government Code, the outcomes of the independent analysis to the Legislature by January 1, 2024, so long as an appropriation is made as described in paragraph (1).
(b) For purposes of implementing this section, the department may enter into exclusive or nonexclusive contracts, or amend existing contracts, on a bid or negotiated basis. Contracts entered into or amended pursuant to this subdivision shall be exempt from Chapter 6 (commencing with Section 14825) of Part 5.5 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code, Section 19130 of the Government Code, Part 2 (commencing with Section 10100) of Division 2 of the Public Contract Code, and the State Administrative Manual, and shall be exempt from the review or approval of any division of the Department of General Services.

SEC. 3.

 Section 14197 of the Welfare and Institutions Code is amended to read:

14197.
 (a) It is the intent of the Legislature that the department implement and monitor compliance with the time and distance requirements set forth in Sections 438.68, 438.206, and 438.207 of Title 42 of the Code of Federal Regulations and this section, to ensure that all Medi-Cal managed care covered services are available and accessible to enrollees of Medi-Cal managed care plans in a timely manner, as those standards were enacted in May 2016.
(b) Commencing January 1, 2018, for covered benefits under its contract, as applicable, a Medi-Cal managed care plan shall maintain a network of providers that are located within the following time and distance standards for the following services:
(1) For primary care, both adult and pediatric, 10 miles or 30 minutes from the beneficiary’s place of residence.
(2) For hospitals, 15 miles or 30 minutes from the beneficiary’s place of residence.
(3) For dental services provided by a Medi-Cal managed care plan, 10 miles or 30 minutes from the beneficiary’s place of residence.
(4) For obstetrics and gynecology primary care, 10 miles or 30 minutes from the beneficiary’s place of residence.
(c) Commencing July 1, 2018, for the covered benefits under its contracts, as applicable, a Medi-Cal managed care plan shall maintain a network of providers that are located within the following time and distance standards for the following services:
(1) For specialists, as defined in subdivision (h), adult and pediatric, including obstetric and gynecology specialty care, as follows:
(A) Up to 15 miles or 30 minutes from the beneficiary’s place of residence for the following counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Los Angeles, Orange, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara.
(B) Up to 30 miles or 60 minutes from the beneficiary’s place of residence for the following counties: Marin, Placer, Riverside, San Joaquin, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus, and Ventura.
(C) Up to 45 miles or 75 minutes from the beneficiary’s place of residence for the following counties: Amador, Butte, El Dorado, Fresno, Kern, Kings, Lake, Madera, Merced, Monterey, Napa, Nevada, San Bernardino, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Sutter, Tulare, Yolo, and Yuba.
(D) Up to 60 miles or 90 minutes from the beneficiary’s place of residence for the following counties: Alpine, Calaveras, Colusa, Del Norte, Glenn, Humboldt, Imperial, Inyo, Lassen, Mariposa, Mendocino, Modoc, Mono, Plumas, San Benito, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Tehama, Trinity, and Tuolumne.
(2) For pharmacy services, 10 miles or 30 minutes from the beneficiary’s place of residence.
(3) For outpatient mental health services, as follows:
(A) Up to 15 miles or 30 minutes from the beneficiary’s place of residence for the following counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Los Angeles, Orange, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara.
(B) Up to 30 miles or 60 minutes from the beneficiary’s place of residence for the following counties: Marin, Placer, Riverside, San Joaquin, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus, and Ventura.
(C) Up to 45 miles or 75 minutes from the beneficiary’s place of residence for the following counties: Amador, Butte, El Dorado, Fresno, Kern, Kings, Lake, Madera, Merced, Monterey, Napa, Nevada, San Bernardino, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Sutter, Tulare, Yolo, and Yuba.
(D) Up to 60 miles or 90 minutes from the beneficiary’s place of residence for the following counties: Alpine, Calaveras, Colusa, Del Norte, Glenn, Humboldt, Imperial, Inyo, Lassen, Mariposa, Mendocino, Modoc, Mono, Plumas, San Benito, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Tehama, Trinity, and Tuolumne.
(4) (A) For outpatient substance use disorder services other than opioid treatment programs, as follows:
(i) Up to 15 miles or 30 minutes from the beneficiary’s place of residence for the following counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Los Angeles, Orange, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara.
(ii) Up to 30 miles or 60 minutes from the beneficiary’s place of residence for the following counties: Marin, Placer, Riverside, San Joaquin, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus, and Ventura.
(iii) Up to 60 miles or 90 minutes from the beneficiary’s place of residence for the following counties: Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, Del Norte, El Dorado, Fresno, Glenn, Humboldt, Imperial, Inyo, Kern, Kings, Lake, Lassen, Madera, Mariposa, Mendocino, Merced, Modoc, Monterey, Mono, Napa, Nevada, Plumas, San Benito, San Bernardino, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Tulare, Tuolumne, Yolo, and Yuba.
(B) For opioid treatment programs, as follows:
(i) Up to 15 miles or 30 minutes from the beneficiary’s place of residence for the following counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Los Angeles, Orange, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara.
(ii) Up to 30 miles or 60 minutes from the beneficiary’s place of residence for the following counties: Marin, Placer, Riverside, San Joaquin, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus, and Ventura.
(iii) Up to 45 miles or 75 minutes from the beneficiary’s place of residence for the following counties: Amador, Butte, El Dorado, Fresno, Kern, Kings, Lake, Madera, Merced, Monterey, Napa, Nevada, San Bernardino, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Sutter, Tulare, Yolo, and Yuba.
(iv) Up to 60 miles or 90 minutes from the beneficiary’s place of residence for the following counties: Alpine, Calaveras, Colusa, Del Norte, Glenn, Humboldt, Imperial, Inyo, Lassen, Mariposa, Mendocino, Modoc, Mono, Plumas, San Benito, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Tehama, Trinity, and Tuolumne.
(d) (1) (A) A Medi-Cal managed care plan shall comply with the appointment time standards developed pursuant to Section 1367.03 of the Health and Safety Code, Section 1300.67.2.2 of Title 28 of the California Code of Regulations, subject to any authorized exceptions in Section 1300.67.2.2 of Title 28 of the California Code of Regulations, and the standards set forth in contracts entered into between the department and Medi-Cal managed care plans.
(B) Commencing July 1, 2018, subparagraph (A) applies to Medi-Cal managed care plans that are not, as of January 1, 2018, subject to the appointment time standards described in subparagraph (A).
(2) A Medi-Cal managed care plan shall comply with the following availability standards for skilled nursing facility services and intermediate care facility services, as follows:
(A) Within five business days of the request for the following counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Los Angeles, Orange, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara.
(B) Within seven business days of the request for the following counties: Marin, Placer, Riverside, San Joaquin, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus, and Ventura.
(C) Within 14 calendar days of the request for the following counties: Amador, Butte, El Dorado, Fresno, Kern, Kings, Lake, Madera, Merced, Monterey, Napa, Nevada, San Bernardino, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Sutter, Tulare, Yolo, and Yuba.
(D) Within 14 calendar days of the request for the following counties: Alpine, Calaveras, Colusa, Del Norte, Glenn, Humboldt, Imperial, Inyo, Lassen, Mariposa, Mendocino, Modoc, Mono, Plumas, San Benito, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Tehama, Trinity, and Tuolumne.
(3) A county Drug Medi-Cal organized delivery system shall provide an appointment within three business days to an opioid treatment program.
(4) A dental managed care plan shall provide an appointment within four weeks of a request for routine pediatric dental services and within 30 calendar days of a request for specialist pediatric dental services.
(e) (1) The department, upon request of a Medi-Cal managed care plan, may authorize alternative access standards for the time and distance standards established under this section if either of the following occur:
(A) The requesting Medi-Cal managed care plan has exhausted all other reasonable options to obtain providers to meet the applicable standard.
(B) The department determines that the requesting Medi-Cal managed care plan has demonstrated that its delivery structure is capable of delivering the appropriate level of care and access.
(2) If a Medi-Cal managed care plan cannot meet the time and distance standards set forth in this section, the Medi-Cal managed care plan shall submit a request for alternative access standards to the department, in the form and manner specified by the department. A request may be submitted at the same time as the Medi-Cal managed care plan submits its annual demonstration of compliance with time and distance standards, if known at that time.
(3) A request for alternative access standards shall be approved or denied on a ZIP Code and provider type, including specialty type, basis by the department within 90 days of submission of the request. The Medi-Cal managed care plan shall also include a description of the reasons justifying the alternative access standards based on those facts and circumstances. Effective no sooner than contract periods commencing on or after July 1, 2020, the Medi-Cal managed care plan shall include a description on how the Medi-Cal managed care plan intends to arrange for beneficiaries to access covered services if the health care provider is located outside of the time and distance standards specified in subdivision (c). The department may stop the 90-day timeframe, on one or more occasions as necessary, in the event of an incomplete submission or to obtain additional information from the Medi-Cal managed care plan requesting the alternative access standards. Upon submission of sufficient additional information to the department, the 90-day timeframe shall resume at the same point in time it was previously stopped, except if there is less than 30 days remaining in which case the department shall approve or deny the request within 30 days of submission of sufficient additional information. If the department rejects the Medi-Cal managed care plan’s proposal, the department shall inform the Medi-Cal managed care plan of the department’s reason for rejecting the proposal. The department shall post any approved alternative access standards on its internet website.
(4) The department may authorize a Medi-Cal managed care plan to use clinically appropriate telecommunications technology as a means of determining annual compliance with the time and distance standards established pursuant to this section or may approve alternative access to care, including telehealth consistent with the requirements of Section 2290.5 of the Business and Professions Code, e-visits, or other evolving and innovative technological solutions that are used to provide care from a distance.
(5) As part of the department’s evaluation of a request submitted by a Medi-Cal managed care plan to utilize an alternative access standard pursuant to this subdivision, the department shall evaluate and determine whether the resulting time and distance is reasonable to expect a beneficiary to travel to receive care.
(f) (1) Effective for contract periods commencing on or after July 1, 2018, a Medi-Cal managed care plan shall, on an annual basis and when requested by the department, demonstrate to the department the Medi-Cal managed care plan’s compliance with the time and distance and appointment time standards developed pursuant to this section. The report shall measure compliance separately for adult and pediatric services for primary care, behavioral health, and core specialist services.
(2) Effective for contract periods commencing on or after July 1, 2020, the Medi-Cal managed care plan shall demonstrate, on an annual basis, and when requested by the department, to the department how the Medi-Cal managed care plan arranged for the delivery of Medi-Cal covered services to Medi-Cal enrollees, such as through the use of either Medi-Cal covered transportation or clinically appropriate telecommunications technology, as specified in paragraph (4) of subdivision (c), (e), if the enrollees of a Medi-Cal managed care plan needed to obtain health care services from a health care provider or a facility located outside of the time and distance standards, as specified in subdivision (c).
The report shall measure compliance separately for adult and pediatric services for primary care, behavioral health, and core specialist services.
(3) Effective for contract periods commencing on or after July 1, 2018, the department shall evaluate on an annual basis a Medi-Cal managed care plan’s compliance with the time and distance and appointment time standards implemented pursuant to this section. This evaluation may include, but need not be limited to, annual and random surveys, investigation of complaints, grievances, or other indicia of noncompliance. Nothing in this subdivision shall be construed to limit the appeal rights of a Medi-Cal managed care plan under its contracts with the department.
(4) The department shall publish annually on its internet website a report that details the department’s findings in evaluating a Medi-Cal managed care plan’s compliance under paragraph (2). At a minimum, the department shall specify in this report those Medi-Cal managed care plans, if any, that were subject to a corrective action plan due to noncompliance with the time and distance and appointment time standards implemented pursuant to this section during the applicable year and the basis for the department’s finding of noncompliance. The report shall include a Medi-Cal managed care plan’s response to the corrective plan, if available.
(g) The department shall consult with Medi-Cal managed care plans, including mental health plans, health care providers, consumers, providers and consumers of long-term services and supports, and organizations representing Medi-Cal beneficiaries in the implementation of the requirements of this section.
(h) For purposes of this section, the following definitions apply:
(1) “Medi-Cal managed care plan” means any individual, organization, or entity that enters into a contract with the department to provide services to enrolled Medi-Cal beneficiaries pursuant to any of the following:
(A) Article 2.7 (commencing with Section 14087.3), including dental managed care programs developed pursuant to Section 14087.46.
(B) Article 2.8 (commencing with Section 14087.5).
(C) Article 2.81 (commencing with Section 14087.96).
(D) Article 2.82 (commencing with Section 14087.98).
(E) Article 2.9 (commencing with Section 14088).
(F) Article 2.91 (commencing with Section 14089).
(G) Chapter 8 (commencing with Section 14200), including dental managed care plans.
(H) Chapter 8.9 (commencing with Section 14700).
(I) A county Drug Medi-Cal organized delivery system authorized under the California Medi-Cal 2020 Demonstration pursuant to Article 5.5 (commencing with Section 14184) or a successor demonstration or waiver, as applicable.
(2) “Specialist” means any of the following:
(A) Cardiology/interventional cardiology.
(B) Nephrology.
(C) Dermatology.
(D) Neurology.
(E) Endocrinology.
(F) Ophthalmology.
(G) Ear, nose, and throat/otolaryngology.
(H) Orthopedic surgery.
(I) Gastroenterology.
(J) Physical medicine and rehabilitation.
(K) General surgery.
(L) Psychiatry.
(M) Hematology.
(N) Oncology.
(O) Pulmonology.
(P) HIV/AIDS specialists/infectious diseases.
(i) 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.
(j) 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.
(k) This section shall remain in effect only until January 1, 2022, 2023, and as of that date is repealed, unless a later enacted statute that is enacted before January 1, 2022, 2023, deletes or extends that date.

SEC. 4.

 There is hereby appropriated, for the 2021–22 fiscal year, six million four hundred thirty-four thousand dollars ($6,434,000) from the Federal Trust Fund to the State Department of Health Care Services to support community mental health services.

SEC. 5.

 This act is a bill providing for appropriations related to the Budget Bill within the meaning of subdivision (e) of Section 12 of Article IV of the California Constitution, has been identified as related to the budget in the Budget Bill, and shall take effect immediately.
SECTION 1.

It is the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes, relating to the Budget Act of 2021.