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CMS Has Approved California State Plan Amendment 15-021

On April 28, 2020, CMS released an approval document written to DHCS confirming their approval of State Plan Amendment…


Telehealth & LEA School-Based Services, An Open Letter

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) need immediate telehealth policy accommodations…


Pending CMS Guidance on Medicaid Block Grants: Executive Overreach Strikes Again—Center for Children and Families

It has been reported that CMS is developing guidance to encourage states to pursue a new “block grant” or “per capita”…


DHCS Posts Minutes from April Medi-Cal Children's Health Advisory Panel (MCHAP)

DHCS recently posted the April 4, 2019 meeting minutes of the Medi-Cal Children's Health Advisory Panel (MCHAP). Their…


SMAA Workgroup Publishes May 2019 Meeting Notes

The SMAA Workgroup posted the meeting notes from their May 1, 2019, SMAA Workgroup Meeting; highlights from that…


SMAA Workgroup Publishes April 2019 Meeting Notes

The SMAA Workgroup posted the meeting notes from their April 17, 2019, SMAA Workgroup Meeting; highlights from that…


CMS Rejects California's Alternative SMAA Deferral Proposal

In a letter received by the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) on March 16, 2015, the federal Center…


Huge Win for School Medicaid Programs as CMS Changes Restrictive Free Care Policy

The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicare Services (CMS) has issued a letter to all State Medicaid Directors…


California Receives Federal Approval for New School MAA Program Plan

Following two years of negotiation with federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), California's…


CMS Releases Series of EPSDT Briefs, Addresses Medical Necessity Issues

Last week CMS published three new guides focused on Medicaid's Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment…