Fiscal Committee passes Assemblymember Mitchell's Bill to Allow California Access to Federal Funding for 'Health Home Services' for Medi-Cal Beneficiaries

May 24, 2013

Sacramento -- Assemblymember Holly J. Mitchell's bill to provide California with the opportunity to access 90% federal matching funds for Health Home Services for Medi-Cal beneficiaries, AB 361, has been passed by the Assembly Appropriations Committee. AB 361 would allow the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) to participate in the Health Home for Enrollees with Chronic Conditions option under the federal Affordable Care Act and provide funding for comprehensive care management and care coordination. 

In advocating for AB 361, Assemblywoman Mitchell has highlighted that California has a valuable opportunity to access federal matching funds for the first two years the Health Home program is in effect, with the intent of focusing resources on the most vulnerable Californians—beneficiaries with chronic medical, mental health, or substance abuse conditions who are chronically homeless or frequent hospital users. 

Chronically homeless people and frequent users of hospitals have such poor health outcomes that they die, on average, 30 years younger than life expectancy in this country.  Without any initial state investment, the ‘Health Home Services' can help frequent users improve health outcomes or reduce the costly use of acute care services through earlier or primary care, said Assemblymember Mitchell citing a report on homelessness.

The bill, previously approved in the Committee on Health, now goes for a full vote on the floor of the Assembly.

CONTACT: Charles Stewart, (310) 482-1070