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Health Agency Opposes Bill to Create Children's Medi-Cal Advisory Panel

State health officials have logged official opposition to a bill designed to create an advisory committee on Medi-Cal…


Most California Children with Mental Illness Do Not Receive Treatment

While hundreds of thousands of California children have mental health needs, about 70% never receive treatment,…


Medicaid Waiver Renewal Process Starts

State health officials this week will start the lengthy process to renew California's federal 1115 Medicaid waiver --…


Many Steps To Go Before Authorizing Autism Therapy As Benefit, State Says

Paradigm Note: For school districts participating in California’s LEA Medi-Cal Billing Option Program (LEA Program)…


Bill Sidesteps Governor, Accepts Grant

If you can't beat 'em, legislate 'em. Bucking one provision from the governor in the recently adopted budget, a new…


Many Health Clinics Underprepared to Meet Demand Under ACA

Fewer than half of community health clinics in Los Angeles are prepared to treat an influx of patients who obtained…


House Democrats Unveil Bill to Fix Mental Health Care System

On Tuesday, House Democrats introduced a bill (HR 274) that would overhaul the nation's mental health care system to…


Signs Point to Adding Autism Coverage for Kids Under Medi-Cal Managed Care

The state has been considering the addition of autism therapy as a Medi-Cal benefit based on legal developments in…


California Grants $75M for County Mental Health Care Programs

On Thursday, California Treasurer Bill Lockyer (D) announced that the state will distribute about $75 million in grants…


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…