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Overview of Developmental Services Issues

July 9, 2015 - Presented to Assembly Committee on Public Health and Developmental Services Second Extra ordinary Session

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Medi-Cal: Overview and Payment Issues

July 9, 2015 - Presented to Assembly Committee on Public Health and Developmental Services Second Extraordinary Session

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Other Possible Revenue Sources for Medi-Cal and Developmental Services

July 9, 2015 - Presented to Assembly Committee on Public Health and Developmental Services Second Extraordinary Session

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Overview of Developmental Services Issues

July 2, 2015 - Presented to Senate Committee on Public Health and Developmental Services Second Extraordinary Session

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Medi-Cal Payment Issues

July 2, 2015 - Presented to Senate Committee on Public Health and Developmental Services Second Extraordinary Session

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Overview of MCO Tax, Selected Other Tax Increase Options, and IHSS Issues

July 2, 2015 - Presented to Senate Committee on Public Health and Developmental Services Second Extraordinary Session

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The 2015-16 Budget: Major Features of the Adopted Plan (Health and Human Services)

June 19, 2015 - We have provided information on the major provisions of the budget plan passed by the Legislature on Friday, June 19. (It does not reflect potential gubernatorial vetoes.) We will provide a more comprehensive summary of the budget plan in our annual California Spending Plan later this summer.

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Improving Medi-Cal Managed Care Plan Quality

May 5, 2015 - Oversight of the quality of care provided by Medi-Cal Managed Care (MMC) plans is an increasingly important issue for the Legislature to examine, as MMC enrollment and the geographic reach of MMC have grown significantly over the past decade. In this report, we analyze the quality of MMC plans and current DHCS efforts to improve MMC plan quality, and consider additional steps and alternative approaches, such as P4P, the state could take to monitor plans and stimulate quality improvement in MMC.

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CalWORKs Welfare-to-Work: Recent Program Changes and Trends

March 10, 2015 - Presented to Senate Human Services Committee and Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Subcommittee No. 3 on Health and Human Services

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Major Issues Facing the Unemployment Insurance Program

March 4, 2015 - Presented to Senate Labor and Industrial Relations Committee

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Access to Care in Medi-Cal: Focusing Oversight on Managed Care

March 4, 2015 - Presented to Assembly Committee on Health and Senate Committee on Health

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Options for a State Earned Income Tax Credit

February 25, 2015 - Presented to Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 1 on Health and Human Services

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The 2015-16 Budget: Analysis of the Health Budget

February 12, 2015 - This report analyzes the Governor's 2015-16 state health program budget proposals. In the report, we review trends in the major health programs since 2007-08 (the last budget developed before the most recent recession), analyze the Governor's proposed restructuring of the managed care organization (MCO) tax, and describe the uncertainty regarding continued federal funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The report also includes an analysis of the Department of State Hospitals budget and an analysis of the Governor's proposals to improve quality and increase staffing for the Licensing and Certification (L&C) Program administered by the Department of Public Health.

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The Universal Assessment Tool: Improving Care for Recipients of Home- and Community-Based Services

January 22, 2015 - In 2012, the Legislature authorized the development and pilot implementation of a universal assessment tool (UAT) to streamline eligibility and level-of-need determinations for three home- and community-based services (HCBS) programs that provide care to seniors and people with disabilities. Our analysis finds that the benefits of a UAT likely outweigh the costs associated with its development. To ensure the UAT achieves the benefits of creating a more effective and efficient approach to HCBS assessment, we recommend: (1) legislation specifying intent to eventually use the UAT on a statewide basis, (2) development of an automated UAT customized to fit within California’s programmatic and policy environment, (3) piloting of county welfare departments and managed care plans as administrators of the UAT, and (4) a formal evaluation of the UAT pilot.

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Integrating Health and Human Services Eligibility and Enrollment Processes

October 30, 2014 - The integration of eligibility and enrollment processes of health and human services (HHS) programs has long been an important issue for the state. In this report, we focus on the integration of three key HHS programs: the California Medical Assistance Program (Medi-Cal), CalFresh, and the California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) program. We also raise several issues for legislative consideration, including (1) determining the appropriate balance between local control and standardized statewide processes, (2) considering whether automation systems currently under development could be leveraged to strengthen integration, and (3) considering whether additional programs should be integrated.

Health and Human Services Staff

Mark Newton
(916) 319-8323
Deputy Legislative Analyst: Health, Developmental Services, and Technology
 
Ryan Anderson
(916) 319-8308
CalWORKs/CalFresh/Developmental Services
 
Jason Constantouros
(916) 319-8322
Medi-Cal/Hospital Finance/Managed Care/Health Care Affordability and Workforce Development
 
Brian Metzker
(916) 319-8354
Privacy, Security, and Technology
 
Ryan Miller
(916) 319-8356
Medi-Cal/Behavioral Health/CalHHS Agency Issues
 
Angela Short
(916) 319-8309
Teachers' Retirement Policy/ Child Welfare/ Community Care Licensing
 
Luke Koushmaro
(916) 319-8355
Medi-Cal/Long-Term Care/Family Health/Covered California
 
Will Owens
(916) 319-8341
Public Health/Behavioral Health/State Hospitals
 
Ginni Bella Navarre
(916) 319-8342
Deputy Legislative Analyst: Human Services and Governance