CA AB 2340

Title: Medi-Cal: EPSDT services: informational materials.
Author: Mia Bonta

AB 2340, as amended, Bonta. Medi-Cal: EPSDT services: informational materials. 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 medically necessary health care services, through 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 law, early and periodic screening, diagnostic, and treatment (EPSDT) services are covered under Medi-Cal for an individual under 21 years of age in accordance with certain federal provisions.Existing federal regulations require the state to provide for a combination of written and oral methods designed to inform individuals eligible for EPSDT services, or their families, about the EPSDT program, within 60 days of the individual’s initial Medicaid eligibility determination and, in the case of families that have not utilized EPSDT services, annually thereafter, as specified. Under those regulations, required information includes, among other components, the benefits of preventive health care and the services available under the EPSDT program and where and how to obtain those services.This bill would require the department to prepare written informational materials that effectively explain and clarify the scope and nature of EPSDT services, as defined, that are available under the Medi-Cal program. Under the bill, the materials would include, but would not be limited to, the information required in the above-described federal regulations or their successor. Under the bill, the informational materials would also include content designed for youth, for purposes of delivery of that content to a beneficiary who is 12 years of age or older but under 21 years of age.The bill would authorize the department to standardize the materials, as specified, and would require the department to regularly review the materials to ensure that they are up to date. The bill would require the department to test the quality, clarity, and cultural concordance of translations of the informational materials with Medi-Cal beneficiaries, in order to ensure that the materials use clear and nontechnical language that effectively informs beneficiaries.The bill would require the department or a Medi-Cal managed care plan, depending on the delivery system, to provide to a beneficiary who is eligible for EPSDT services, or to the parent or other authorized representative of that beneficiary, as applicable, the informational materials within 60 calendar days after that beneficiary’s initial Medi-Cal eligibility determination and annually thereafter.

Re-referred to Com. on HEALTH.

Bill Documents
CA AB 2340 - 04/04/24 - Amended Assembly
04/04/24 - CA AB 2340 (04/04/24 - Amended Assembly)

CA AB 2340 - 04/01/24 - Amended Assembly
04/01/24 - CA AB 2340 (04/01/24 - Amended Assembly)

CA AB 2340 - 02/12/24 - Introduced
02/12/24 - CA AB 2340 (02/12/24 - Introduced)

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  • Mia Bonta - D
    Assemblymember - State Assembly - CA

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