Cal. Welf. and Inst. Code § 15910

Current through the 2021 Legislative Session
Section 15910 - Generally
(a) Subject to federal approval of a demonstration project effective on or after November 1, 2010, the department shall, by no later than July 1, 2011, authorize local LIHPs to provide scheduled health care services, consistent with the Special Terms and Conditions of the demonstration project, to eligible low-income individuals 19 to 64 years of age, inclusive, who are not otherwise eligible for the Medi-Cal program or the Children's Health Insurance Program, with family incomes at or below 133 percent of the federal poverty level. To the extent federal financial participation is made available under the Special Terms and Conditions of the demonstration project pursuant to Section 15910.1, LIHP health care services may be made available to eligible individuals with family incomes above 133 percent through 200 percent of the federal poverty level.
(b) Eligible entities, consistent with the Special Terms and Conditions of the demonstration project, may perform outreach and enrollment activities to target populations, including, but not limited to, people who are homeless, individuals who frequently use hospital inpatient or emergency department services for avoidable reasons, or people with mental health or substance abuse treatment needs.
(c) The LIHP shall be designed and implemented with the systems and program elements necessary to facilitate the transition of those eligible individuals to Medi-Cal coverage, or alternatively, to coverage through the California Health Benefit Exchange, by 2014, pursuant to state and federal law, and the Special Terms and Conditions of the demonstration project.
(d) The department shall authorize a LIHP that meets the requirements set forth in this part and the Special Terms and Conditions of the demonstration project.
(e)
(1) By January 1, 2011, or alternatively, 60 days after federal approval of the demonstration project, whichever occurs later, the department shall notify all eligible entities of the opportunity to elect to implement a LIHP, the applicable requirements, and the process for submitting an application for department approval of a LIHP application.
(2) The director shall approve or deny an eligible entity's LIHP application within 60 days of receipt of the application. If the director denies an application, the denial shall be in writing and shall specify the reasons therefor.
(3) Within 10 days of a denial by the director under this subdivision, a participating entity may submit a written request for reconsideration. The director shall respond in writing to a request for reconsideration within 20 days, confirming or reversing the denial, and specifying the reasons for the reconsidered decision.
(f) If the eligible entity had in operation a Health Care Coverage Initiative program under Part 3.5 (commencing with Section 15900) as of November 1, 2010, and the eligible entity elects to continue funding the program, then the existing Health Care Coverage Initiative program shall, to the extent permitted by the Special Terms and Conditions of the demonstration project, remain in effect and receive federal reimbursement in accordance with the Special Terms and Conditions of the demonstration project until the LIHP is effective, but no later than July 1, 2011.
(g) Health care services provided pursuant to this part shall be available to those eligible, low-income individuals enrolled in the applicable LIHP, subject to the limitations of this part and the Special Terms and Conditions of the demonstration project. However, nothing in this part is intended to create an entitlement program of any kind.
(h) Each LIHP may establish an upper income limit for eligible MCE individuals to enroll in the LIHP, which shall be expressed as a percentage between 0 percent and up to, and including, 133 percent of the federal poverty level. If the LIHP elects to enroll HCCI-eligible individuals with family incomes above 133 percent through 200 percent of the federal poverty level, it may also establish an upper income limit between this range. Notwithstanding any established upper income limit, the LIHP may impose a limit on enrollment in the LIHP, which shall be subject to all of the following provisions:
(1) The Special Terms and Conditions required by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for the approval of the demonstration project described in Section 14180 permit a limitation on enrollment in a LIHP.
(2)Any enrollment limitation by a LIHP shall be administered in accordance with the Special Terms and Conditions required by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
(3) Any enrollment limitation by a LIHP is subject to approval by the director, and notification to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. A LIHP shall establish an income limit at a level that minimizes the need for imposing a limit on enrollment for the MCE population.
(4) Prior to applying for approval from the director, the LIHP shall submit to the director a resolution from its governing board approving the proposed limitation on enrollment by the LIHP.
(i) LIHPs shall be established and implemented only to the extent that federal financial participation is available and only to the extent that available federal financial participation is not jeopardized.
(j) For the purposes of operating a LIHP approved under this part, and notwithstanding Section 14181, participating entities shall be exempt from the provisions of Chapter 2.2 (commencing with Section 1340) of Division 2 of the Health and Safety Code, shall not be considered Medi-Cal managed care health plans subject to the requirements applicable to the two-plan model and geographic managed care plans, as contained in Article 2.7 (commencing with Section 14087.3), Article 2.81 (commencing with Section 14087.96), and Article 2.91 (commencing with Section 14089) of Chapter 7 of Part 3 and the corresponding regulations, and shall not be considered prepaid health plans as defined in Section 14251.

Ca. Welf. and Inst. Code § 15910

Amended by Stats 2012 ch 162 (SB 1171),s 228, eff. 1/1/2013.
Amended by Stats 2011 ch 296 (AB 1023),s 337, eff. 1/1/2012.
Amended by Stats 2011 ch 86 (AB 1066),s 26, eff. 7/13/2011.
Added by Stats 2010 ch 723 (AB 342),s 2, eff. 10/19/2010.