State Broaches Idea of Eliminating California Children’s Services Carve-Out

A state health official this week said the Department of Health Care Services is starting a stakeholder process to look at alternatives to the California Children’s Services program for children with severe and rare illnesses.

Originally established in 1992, CSC has been renewed half a dozen times by the Legislature, most recently in 2011 with a bill, AB 301 by Richard Pan, D-Sacramento. Pan’s bill extended the sunset date of the CCS program to the start of 2016.

At a hearing Monday of the Assembly subcommittee on Health and Human Services, DHCS Director Toby Douglas said his department is starting a stakeholder process to examine the possibility of reinventing or replacing the $1.9 billion-per-year program when it sunsets.

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