California Senator Carol Liu Proposes New School MAA Legislation, SB 123

California Senator Carol Liu is following up her successful petition to the California State Auditor for a review of the school MAA program, due this year, with proposed legislation that would require the California Department of Education (CDE) to issue a report and recommendations based on that audit to the Legislature and Governor by July 1, 2016.

While it is incredibly early in the lawmaking process, this bill will be worth tracking as it makes its way through the state Senate and Assembly. If enacted, the bill would require CDE to report on several aspects of the forthcoming state school MAA audit, including:

  1. The appropriate agency to administer the school MAA program (currently this is administered by the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS))
  2. The structure and the role of each entity, including oversight responsibilities of the state agency and regional agencies, LECs and LGAs
  3. The relationship between LECs/LGAs and the private or public entities that have been subcontracted to assist with the performance of administrative activities
  4. Rates charged by LECs/LGAs to school districts, how these are determined and vary across the state
  5. The ability of a LEA to contract with the LEC or LGA of their choosing
  6. Feasibility of a LEA Advisory body to provide technical assistance to LEAs and communicate with the administering agency

 

We will continue to track this bill as it moves through the Legislature and is potentially amended.

 

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Read the proposed bill SB 123, Report: School Based Medi-Cal Administrative Activities (MAA) Program…