California Announces New System for Obtaining Student Medi-Cal Eligibility Information

DHCS has notified California LEAs and their billing partners that a new system, known as MOVEit, will be used moving forward for transmitting all Medi-Cal eligibility information (i.e. the data tape match) for the LEA Billing Option program. The MOVEit system was launched last year and is currently utilized by select LECs and LGAs for the SMAA program. All LEAs and billing vendors are required...

Two-decade old legal battle over special education oversight nears resolution, brings major changes – EdSource

"The California Department of Education said last week that it will comply with a federal court order to improve significantly its system for monitoring special education, after years of legal maneuvering to block the changes.... The changes in monitoring come as California is taking steps to address a root concern about special education services statewide: why many students with...

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...

DHCS Releases Report to the Legislature on the LEA Billing Program

As part of a requirement to submit annual reports to the California Legislature on the state of the LEA Medi-Cal Billing Option program, DHCS issued their first report in several years on March 29, 2016. Information in this most recent Report to Legislature dates back to 2012, but also includes some data on 2013 and 2014. The report covers a wide range of topics, including a comparison...

Children Now Releases the 2014 California County Scorecard

Children Now is an advocacy organization in California whose mission is to promote children's health and education in the state and creating national media polices that support child development.  They have released the 2014-15 County Scorecard of Children's Well-Being.  This tool tracks 29 key Education, Health, and Child Welfare and Economic Well-Being indicators in California, across 58...

Report Highlights Importance of School-Based Administrative Activities

As we featured earlier this week on the Policy Center, a new report by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research has found that 70% of children in California with mental health needs never end up receiving treatment. While this number is astounding so too is the fact that more than 90% of these children had health insurance. The report concludes by stating that the data suggests there are...

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, according to a policy brief released Thursday by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, KPCC's "KPCC News" reports (Florido, "KPCC News," KPCC, 7/24). The brief was based on data from the 2007 and 2009 California Health Interview Survey. Study Findings Researchers found that...

A Little Investment Goes a Long Way: Modest Cost to Expand Preventive and Routine Health Services to All Low-Income Californians

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has expanded health coverage to millions of Californians and has improved coverage for millions more, but between 2.7 and 3.4 million Californians under age 65 are predicted to still remain uninsured by 2019, after the ACA is fully implemented. Of those predicted to remain uninsured, almost half — between 1.4 and 1.5 million — are ineligible for federal coverage...

Gaps in Kids’ Dental Coverage A Trouble Spot

No one wants to go to the dentist, but kids need to. A small cavity left to fester can grow into a big health problem. That’s why the government made pediatric dental care one of the health law’s “essential benefits.” But new data suggest the law is failing to fully deliver on its promise: A lot of parents didn’t buy dental coverage during the recent online enrollment period.  That...

New Study: The “Hidden Health Care System” in California Schools and Children with Special Health Care Needs

The recent controversy over who is permitted to administer diabetes injections to children in school underscores a larger issue: Health services for California students with special health care needs vary greatly by school district, are provided by a variety of school staff, operate under a confusing patchwork of regulations, and are often underfunded, according to a new study. See preliminary...