Report 2014-130 Recommendation 21 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 #21 To: Health Care Services, Department of

To provide the public with the ability to participate fully in developing the rules governing the administrative activities program, Health Care Services should, in accordance with California's Administrative Procedure Act (APA), immediately develop and adopt the regulations cited in the four subdivisions of Section 14132.47 of the California Welfare and Institutions Code.

Annual Follow-Up Agency Response From September 2017

Proposed legislation in 2016 that would have significantly amended W&I Code Section 14132.47, delayed the development and completion of SMAA regulations. Subsequent related pending legislation added to delays in completing the regulations, in addition to DHCS securing CMS approval of the revised SMAA Manual in October 2016. DHCS continues to research regulatory language for the SMAA program and expects submission by January 31, 2018

  • Estimated Completion Date: 01/31/2018

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


1-Year Agency Response

DHCS has researched regulatory language for the SMAA program and has begun to collect information for developing and implementing regulations. DHCS anticipates submitting proposed regulatory language by June 30, 2017.

  • Estimated Completion Date: June 2017
  • Response Date: September 2016

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


6-Month Agency Response

DHCS is in the process of researching regulatory language for the SMAA program. DHCS continues to work closely with stakeholders during this initial phase. DHCS plans to submit a proposal regarding regulatory language by June 30, 2017.

  • Estimated Completion Date: June 2017
  • Response Date: March 2016

California State Auditor's Assessment of 6-Month Status: Pending


60-Day Agency Response

DHCS agrees with the recommendation.

DHCS staff is currently working on drafting regulations for the SMAA program. DHCS meets regularly with our stakeholders and will engage them in the regulatory development process. The public will have time to comment during the public comment period required by the APA.

Estimated time to submit regulations for the SMAA program is June 30, 2017.

  • Estimated Completion Date: June 2017
  • Response Date: October 2015

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


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