'Got'cha' Was Not What DHCS Wanted to Hear

March 08, 2013

Sacramento was well-served last week by the Assembly Subcommittee on Health and Human Services, chaired by Assembly Member Holly J. Mitchell.  Her subcommittee put the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS), specifically the director, Toby Douglas, on the spot when they were investigating several programs that the department had made decisions on that weren't in the best interest of anyone but DHCS.

Douglas was forced to defend his decision to cut the Hearing Aid Benefit reimbursement by as much as 50% of current reimbursements levels, which would have limited the ability of children and adults to obtain hearing aids from providers in the state. The providers lined up and announced that they would no longer be able to service these individuals because the minimal reimbursement would force them to close their doors and go out of business.