CA SB 1385

Title: Medi-Cal: community health workers: supervising providers.
Author: Richard Dale Roth

SB 1385, as amended, Roth. Medi-Cal: community health workers: supervising providers. 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 through various delivery systems, including fee-for-service and managed care. The Medi-Cal program is, in part, governed and funded by federal Medicaid program provisions.Under existing law, community health worker services are a covered Medi-Cal benefit subject to any necessary federal approvals. Under existing law, a community health worker is a liaison, link, or intermediary between health and social services and the community to facilitate access to services and to improve the access and cultural competence of service delivery. Existing law requires a Medi-Cal managed care plan to engage in outreach and education efforts to enrollees, and to notify providers, about the community health worker services benefit, as specified.This bill would require a Medi-Cal managed care plan, no later than July 1, 2025, to adopt policies and procedures to effectuate a billing pathway for supervising providers to claim for the provision of community health worker services to enrollees during an emergency department visit and as an outpatient followup to an emergency department visit. The bill would require that the policies and procedures be consistent with guidance developed by the department for use by supervising providers to claim for community health worker services to Medi-Cal members in the fee-for-service delivery system in the settings described above.The bill would define a “supervising provider” for purposes of these provisions as an enrolled Medi-Cal provider that is authorized to supervise a community health worker pursuant to the federally approved Medicaid state plan amendment and that ensures that a community health worker meets the qualifications as required by the department, as specified.

From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. with recommendation: To consent calendar. (Ayes 16. Noes 0.) (June 11). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.

Bill Documents
CA SB 1385 - 06/05/24 - Amended Assembly
06/05/24 - CA SB 1385 (06/05/24 - Amended Assembly)

CA SB 1385 - 03/20/24 - Amended Senate
03/20/24 - CA SB 1385 (03/20/24 - Amended Senate)

CA SB 1385 - 02/16/24 - Introduced
02/16/24 - CA SB 1385 (02/16/24 - Introduced)

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  • Richard Roth - D
    Senator - State Senate - CA

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