Health plans will be permitted to use nonfinancial incentives to promote health education services to Medi-Cal beneficiaries under AB 915 by Assembly member Edward Hernandez (D-West Covina) (Bill Text, 10/11).
The minimum penalty for submitting false Medi-Cal claims will be $5,000 under AB 1750 by the Assembly Health Committee. Currently, there is no minimum penalty (Bill Text, 10/13).
SB 238 by Sen. Sam Aanestad (R-Grass Valley) will provide Medi-Cal reimbursements for services provided by dental hygienists at rural clinics and federally qualified health centers (Bill Text, 10/13).
SB 94 by Sen. Sheila Kuehl (D-Santa Monica) will require Medi-Cal reimbursements for clinical family planning services equal to at least 80% of the amount that Medicare reimburses for similar services (Bill Text, 10/13).
AB 1642 by Assembly member Loni Hancock (D-Berkeley) will allow hospitals without Medi-Cal contracts to receive reimbursements from the program if they are affiliated with a not-for-profit hospital and health care service plan (Bill Text, 10/10).
Under AB 1226 by Assembly member Mary Hayashi (D-Castro Valley), health care providers with Medi-Cal contracts who relocate their practice within a county will only have to file a change of location form rather than a complete application package to continue their participation in the program (Bill Text, 10/10).
Some orthodontic services will qualify for Medi-Cal reimbursements until the state adopts specific regulations for Medi-Cal orthodontic benefits, under AB 383 by Assembly member Van Tran (R-Costa Mesa) (Bill Text, 10/11).