Senate Bill 123 Passes Assembly Health Committee with Substantial Changes

Senate Bill (SB) 123, a proposal that would make large-scale changes to California’s School-Based Medi-Cal Administrative Activities (SMAA) program, passed out of the Assembly Health Committee on June 14, 2016.

The bill was amended with the following substantial changes:

  • DHCS will not be required to contract directly with LEAs for their participation in the program as originally intended; rather, the Department will be authorized to do so (at the Department’s discretion) and the existing administrative structure of LEAs contracting with LECs and LGAs will remain.
  • The SMAA program will not be required to transition to a single, statewide RMTS; rather, the existing structure in which separate and distinct RMTS sampling is administered by several Administrative Units (LECs, LGAs, and Consortiums) will remain.


Provisions for a new School-Based Health Program and Policy Workgroup, as well as the requirement to establish a Memorandum of Understanding (M.O.U.) with California’s Department of Education to coordinate efforts for both the LEA Billing and SMAA programs, remain in the bill.

SB 123 is next set to be heard in the Assembly Education Committee on June 22.

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Read our original post on SB 123, May 27, 2016…