Report 2014-130 Recommendation 20 Responses

Report 2014-130: California Department of Health Care Services: It Should Improve Its Administration and Oversight of School‑Based Medi-Cal Programs (Release Date: August 2015)

Recommendation #20 To: Health Care Services, Department of

Should the Legislature implement our recommendation in Chapter 2 to allow claiming units to submit reimbursement claims directly to it, Health Care Services should develop and implement its own outreach functions to ensure that claiming units that do not currently participate understand the benefits and consider participating in the administrative activities program.

Annual Follow-Up Agency Response From September 2017

On February 23, 2016, SMAA program created an Outreach Brochure to inform LEAs of the features and benefits of the SMAA program. The goal of the SMAA Outreach Brochure is to encourage increased LEA participation in the SMAA program. DHCS will seek to reach out again to non-participating LEAs once the LEA Billing Option Program is integrated into the RMTS. As noted earlier, DHCS is also working with California Department of Education (CDE) and several stakeholders to determine ways to expand program participation. Outreach efforts will be discussed.

  • Completion Date: February 2016

California State Auditor's Assessment of Annual Follow-Up Status: Fully Implemented


1-Year Agency Response

The Department is already working on outreach efforts to expand the number of schools participating in SMAA. If the Legislature implements the CSA's recommendation, the Department would tailor outreach efforts in accordance with the new direction.

  • Response Date: November 2016

California State Auditor's Assessment of 1-Year Status: Pending


60-Day Agency Response

The Department is already working on outreach efforts to expand the number of schools participating in SMAA. If the Legislature implements the CSA's recommendation, the Department would tailor outreach efforts in accordance with the new direction.

  • Response Date: December 2015

California State Auditor's Assessment of 60-Day Status: Pending


All Recommendations in 2014-130

Agency responses received are posted verbatim.


Report type

Report type
















© 2013, California State Auditor | Privacy Policy | Conditions of Use | Download Adobe PDF Reader