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CA AB 3156

Title: Medi-Cal managed care plans: beneficiaries with other primary coverage.
Author: Stephanie Nguyen

Summary
AB 3156, as amended, Joe Patterson. Medi-Cal managed care plans: beneficiaries with other primary coverage. Existing law establishes the Medi-Cal program, which is administered by the State Department of Health Care Services and under which qualified low-income individuals receive health care services, under fee-for-service or managed care delivery systems. The Medi-Cal program is, in part, governed and funded by federal Medicaid program provisions. Under existing federal law, in accordance with third-party liability rules, Medicaid is generally the payer of last resort if a beneficiary has another source of health care coverage in addition to Medicaid coverage.Under this bill, in the case of an enrollee of a Medi-Cal managed care plan who has other health care coverage and for whom the Medi-Cal program is a secondary payer, the department would be required to ensure that a provider billing the managed care plan for allowable costs not paid by the other health care coverage does not face administrative requirements significantly in excess of the administrative requirements for billing those same costs to the Medi-Cal fee-for-service delivery system.The bill, in the case of an enrollee of a Medi-Cal managed care plan who has coverage under the federal Medicare Program or another primary form of health care coverage and for whom the Medi-Cal program is a secondary payer, would prohibit a provider participating in the Medi-Cal fee-for-service delivery system or in the federal Medicare Program from being required to contract with the Medi-Cal managed care plan in order to provide services to that enrollee and to bill the managed care plan.The bill would require a Medi-Cal managed care plan to provide assistance to Medi-Cal providers and beneficiaries, upon request, on options for maintaining health care relationships between beneficiaries and existing providers that are contracted with, or have agreements with, a beneficiary’s primary form of health care coverage, if the beneficiary transitions from receiving services under the Medi-Cal fee-for-service delivery system to being an enrollee of the managed care plan.The bill would require the department, at least annually from 2025 through 2028, to report to the legislative health committees on the effectiveness of implementing these provisions. The bill would authorize the department to implement these provisions through plan letters or similar instructions. The bill would condition implementation of these provisions on receipt of any necessary federal approvals and the availability of federal financial participation.

Status
Referred to Com. on HEALTH.

Bill Documents
CA AB 3156 - 04/25/24 - Amended Assembly
04/25/24 - CA AB 3156 (04/25/24 - Amended Assembly)


CA AB 3156 - 03/21/24 - Amended Assembly
03/21/24 - CA AB 3156 (03/21/24 - Amended Assembly)

CA AB 3156 - 02/16/24 - Introduced
02/16/24 - CA AB 3156 (02/16/24 - Introduced)

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