2017 California Legislation: What Passed & What Didn’t

In September, several bills with possible implications for school health programs under consideration by the California Legislature were either suspended or passed and signed into law by the Governor.  Two bills with direct implications for the SMAA and LEA Billing programs, AB 834 and AB 481, both failed to pass out of committee. Read on for a brief summary of what passed, what didn't, and...

Advisory Panel Finalizing School Health Recommendations to DHCS

The Medi-Cal Children's Health Advisory Panel (MCHAP) will be meeting on April 18, 2017 to finalize their recommendations to the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) on children's behavioral health care, including strengthening school-based health services through the SMAA and LEA programs. The most recent draft of MCHAP's recommendations call on DHCS to work more collaboratively with...

Bills We’re Tracking: 2017 California Legislation

Two bills have been introduced in the California Legislature for the 2017-18 session that directly relate to the School-Based Medi-Cal Administrative Activities (SMAA) and LEA Medi-Cal Billing Option programs. Both bills carry language similar to what was proposed under the Senate Bill (SB) 123, which was vetoed by the Governor last September. We'll be tracking these bills as they are amended...

School Health Services Questionnaire Released by California’s Department of Education

California's Department of Education (CDE) has teamed up with the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) to gather information from LEAs and school health services stakeholders in an effort to, "improve, support, and expand the delivery of Medi-Cal services at the state, county, and local level." Download the questionnaire Submit feedback by Friday, October 28  

LEA Ad-Hoc Advisory Workgroup Publishes June Meeting Minutes

The LEA Ad-Hoc Advisory Workgroup, comprised of LEA representatives, DHCS, and the California Department of Education (CDE), held their regularly scheduled meeting to make recommendations and discuss issues impacting the LEA Medi-Cal Billing Option Program. Highlights from the June 1, 2016 meeting include: Review of Senate Bill 123, which would have a limited impact on the LEA Medi-Cal...

List of Legislative Districts by California Public School District Published

Every two years, the California Department of Education (CDE) posts a listing of legislative districts by California public school district. This list is an effective advocacy tool, making it easy to see the total number and names of state representatives that serve each district (a single California public school district can be served by three, four, or far more representatives depending on...

LEA Ad-Hoc Advisory Workgroup Publishes April Meeting Minutes

The LEA Ad-Hoc Advisory Workgroup, comprised of LEA representatives, DHCS, and the California Department of Education (CDE), held their regularly scheduled meeting to make recommendations and discuss issues impacting the LEA Medi-Cal Billing Option Program. Highlights from the April 6, 2016 meeting  include: The Medicaid Review Branch (MRB) and Financial Audits Branch (FAB) of A&I...

Legislation Proposes Big Changes to SMAA Contract Structure and RMTS Program

Senate Bill 123 (Liu-D) has been amended to include several proposed changes for California's School-Based Medi-Cal Administrative Activities (SMAA) program. First introduced in January 2015, SB 123 was written to legislate recommendations that the California State Auditor made during their audit of DHCS' administration of the SMAA program and deferral that was performed last year. ...

LEA Ad-Hoc Advisory Workgroup Publishes February Meeting Minutes

The LEA Ad-Hoc Advisory Workgroup, comprised of LEA representatives, DHCS, and the California Department of Education (CDE), held their regularly scheduled meeting to make recommendations and discuss issues impacting the LEA Medi-Cal Billing Option Program. Highlights from the February 3, 2016 meeting  include: Attendees asked that ongoing DHCS Audits and Investigations (A&I) audits...

LEA Ad-Hoc Advisory Workgroup Publishes December Meeting Minutes

The LEA Ad-HOc Advisory Workgroup, comprised of LEA representatives, DHCS, and the California Department of Education (CDE), held their regularly scheduled meeting to make recommendations and discuss issues impacting the LEA Medi-Cal Billing Option Program. Highlights from the December 2, 2015 meeting include: CDE noted that the California State Auditor has completed its audit regarding the...