AB 1481 – California

Status: In Process
Year Introduced: 2023
Link: https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=202320240AB1481

Medi-Cal: pregnant individuals or targeted low-income children.
This bill would expand the presumptive eligibility for pregnant women to all pregnant people, renaming the program “Presumptive Eligibility for Pregnant People” (PE4PP). The bill would make a presumptively eligible pregnant person eligible for coverage of all medical care, services, prescriptions, and supplies available under the Medi-Cal program, except for inpatient services and institutional long-term care. The bill would also require the department to ensure that a pregnant person receiving coverage under PE4PP who applies for full-scope Medi-Cal benefits within 60 days receives coverage under PE4PP until their full-scope Medi-Cal application is approved or denied, as specified.
The bill would allow a pregnant individual under 26 years of age who can consent to services without parental approval to receive presumptive eligibility by a qualified hospital. The bill would also make conforming changes. Because counties are required to make eligibility determinations, and this bill would expand Medicaid eligibility, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement. This bill would provide that, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that the bill contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to the statutory provisions noted above.

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