CSAC Bulletin Article

Health and Human Services update 9/26/2014

Medi-Cal 

SB 1124 (Hernandez) – Support
Vetoed

Governor Brown vetoed SB 1124, by Senator Ed Hernandez, which would have limited estate recovery in California to those age 55 and over to only the health care services required to be recovered under federal law. Additionally, it would have eliminated recovery against the estate of a surviving spouse of a deceased Medi-Cal beneficiary. SB 1124 required DHCS to provide to Medi-Cal beneficiaries, free-of-charge, the total amount of Medi-Cal expenses paid on behalf of the beneficiary that are subject to estate recovery. This bill also required DHCS to post information regarding how to request this information. 

CSAC supported SB 1124 as it aimed to encourage individuals over the age of 55 to enroll in Medi-Cal by alleviating some key deterrents resulting from to estate recovery. CSAC sent a joint letter to the Governor requesting that he sign this measure into law. Governor Brown’s veto message stated SB 1124 was a reasonable policy goal, however the cost needed to be considered alongside other worthwhile policy changes in the budget process next year.

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