California Code, Welfare and Institutions Code - WIC § 14186.2
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(a)(1) Not sooner than March 1, 2013, all Medi-Cal long-term services and supports (LTSS) described in subdivision (c) of Section 14186.1 shall be services that are covered under managed care health plan contracts and shall be available only through managed care health plans to beneficiaries residing in Coordinated Care Initiative counties, except for the exemptions provided for in subdivision (c). The director shall consult with the Legislature, CMS, and stakeholders when determining the implementation date for this section. The department shall pay managed care health plans using a capitation ratesetting methodology that pays for all Medi-Cal benefits and services, including all LTSS, covered under the managed care health plan contract. In order to receive any LTSS through Medi-Cal, Medi-Cal beneficiaries shall mandatorily enroll in a managed care health plan for the provision of Medi-Cal benefits.
(2) HCBS plan benefits may be covered services that are provided under managed care health plan contracts for beneficiaries residing in Coordinated Care Initiative counties, except for the exemptions provided for in subdivision (c).
(3) Beneficiaries who are not mandatorily enrolled in a managed care health plan pursuant to paragraph (15) of subdivision (b) of Section 14182 shall not be required to receive LTSS through a managed care health plan.
(4) The transition of the provision of LTSS through managed care health plans shall occur after the department obtains any federal approvals through necessary federal waivers or amendments, or state plan amendments.
(5) Counties where LTSS are not covered through managed care health plans shall not be subject to this article.
(6) Beneficiaries residing in counties not participating in the dual eligible demonstration project pursuant to Section 14132.275 shall not be subject to this article.
(b)(1) The provisions of this article shall be applicable to a Medi-Cal beneficiary enrolled in a managed care health plan in a county where this article is effective.
(2) At the director's sole discretion, in consultation with coordinating departments and stakeholders, the department may determine and implement a phased-in enrollment approach that may include the addition of Medi-Cal long-term services and supports in a beneficiary's Medi-Cal managed care benefits immediately upon implementation of this article in a specific county, over a 12-month period, or other phased approach, but no sooner than March 1, 2013.
(c)(1) The provisions of this article shall not apply to any of the following individuals:
(A) Medi-Cal beneficiaries who meet any of the following and shall, therefore, continue to receive any medically necessary Medi-Cal benefits, including LTSS, through fee-for-service Medi-Cal:
(i) Except in counties with county organized health systems operating pursuant to Article 2.8 (commencing with Section 14087.5), have other health coverage.
(ii) Receive services through any state foster care program including the program described in Article 5 (commencing with Section 11400) Chapter 2, unless the beneficiary is already receiving services through a managed care health plan.
(iii) Are ineligible for enrollment in managed care health plans for medically necessary reasons determined by the department.
(iv) Reside in one of the Veterans' Homes of California, as described in Chapter 1 (commencing with Section 1010) of Division 5 of the Military and Veterans Code.
(B) Persons enrolled in the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) pursuant to Chapter 8.75 (commencing with Section 14591), or a managed care organization licensed under the Knox-Keene Health Care Service Plan Act of 1975 (Chapter 2.2 (commencing with Section 1340) of Division 2 of the Health and Safety Code) that has previously contracted with the department as a primary care case management plan pursuant to Article 2.9 (commencing with Section 14088) of Chapter 7 to provide services to beneficiaries who are HIV positive or who have been diagnosed with AIDS.
(C) Persons who are under 21 years of age.
(D) Other specific categories of beneficiaries specified by the department based on extraordinary medical needs of specific patient groups or to meet federal requirements, in consultation with stakeholders.
(2) Beneficiaries who have been diagnosed with HIV/AIDS are not exempt from mandatory enrollment, but may opt out of managed care enrollment at the beginning of any month.
(d) Except in counties with county organized health systems operating pursuant to Article 2.8 (commencing with Section 14087.5), the department or its enrollment contractor shall notify a beneficiary who is required to receive Medi-Cal long-term care services and supports through a managed care plan and who is potentially eligible for PACE that they may alternatively request to be assessed for eligibility for PACE, and, if eligible, may enroll in PACE. The department or its enrollment contractor shall not enroll a beneficiary who requests to be assessed for PACE in a managed care plan until the earlier of 60 days or the time that they are assessed and determined to be ineligible for a PACE plan, unless the beneficiary subsequently chooses to enroll in a managed care plan. During the time that the beneficiary is being assessed, they shall remain in fee-for-service Medi-Cal, or, if applicable, the managed care plan in which they are enrolled.
(e) Notwithstanding subdivisions (c) and (d) of Section 34 of Chapter 37 of the Statutes of 2013, this section shall not be made inoperative as a result of any determination made by the Director of Finance pursuant to Section 34 of Chapter 37 of the Statutes of 2013.
(f)(1) Notwithstanding any other law, this section shall remain operative only through December 31, 2022.
(2) This section shall remain in effect only until January 1, 2025, and as of that date is repealed.
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