School Medicaid Programs Make a Shift @ DHCS

On September 3, 2019, California DHCS sent this message to its school Medicaid stakeholders: "In an effort to align the work that we do with other work being done within the Department of Health Care Services, our Branch, “Medi-Cal Claims and Services Branch” has moved from the Safety Net Financing Division to the newly developed division called Local Governmental Financing Division (LGFD)....

New Push in California for Later Middle, High School Start Times—EdSource

The author of a previously vetoed bill last year proposing starting middle and high school later to give teens more time to sleep is working to bring it back again this year. It is slated to be heard by the Assembly Appropriations Committee on Wednesday, April 14, 2019. If passed, it would go into effect in July 2022, for the 2022/23 school year. Though research is mixed on whether or not later...

July Medi-Cal Bulletin for LEAs Posted

The July 2019 Medi-Cal Bulletin for LEAs has been published to the DHCS website. It included an adjustment to the reimbursement rates for LEA Services for FY 2019/20. Click here to read the current or past Bulletins.

DHCS Posts PPL 19-015, Notification of Change to Physician Prescription Policy

On July 10, 2019, DHCS posted Policy and Procedure Letter (PPL) 19-015 stating that for services dated July 1, 2019, and forward, treatment authorizations (orders/prescriptions) signed by Physician Assistants (“PA”) or Nurse Practitioners (“NP”) are eligible. This means, for example, that the specialized procedure orders that in the past met the criteria but were signed by a PA or NP...

DHCS Releases Report with Final Results of SMAA Deferral & Backcasting Process

On June 28, 2019, DHCS sent out their final report on the results of the SMAA program deferral and backcasting process; results long-awaited by impacted California school districts. The distributed SMAA Report on Results of Backcasting of Deferred Claims includes an executive summary of the final results of this multi-year process, a history of the deferral, and a detailed table showing the...

Governor Newsom Has Signed His First State Budget. See What’s In There—California Healthline

Below is the summary by California Healthline in their Daily Edition, of the newly signed California State Budget. See the full article in the Los Angeles Times here. The $214.8-billion budget Gov. Gavin Newsom signed, which is the largest in state history, will cut costs for some Californians and raise taxes on others through a sweeping set of new policies ranging from ending sales taxes on...

DHCS Extends Deadline for FY 2017/18 Q3 SMAA Invoice Submissions

On Tuesday, June 25, 2019, DHCS sent an email to their SMAA mailing list issuing a 30-day extension for the FY 2017/18 Q3 invoices submissions for the SMAA program. The new submission due date is July 31, 2019.   Click here to subscribe to DHCS SMAA mailing list.

Proposal to Change Poverty Calculations Could Cause 30,000 to Lose Public Benefits in California—California Health Report

A Trump administration proposal to change one of the measurements to determine the federal poverty level, a move that could force tens of thousands of state residents to lose their public benefits of the next decade, has California advocacy groups on high alert. The proposal is to switch the calculations for the federal poverty level from the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers to the...