CHA News Article

DHCS to Conduct Webinar on ACA Medicaid Health Home State Plan Option
Will accept stakeholder feedback on proposal through May 6

The Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) will host a webinar April 15 from 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. to release its updated Health Homes for Patients with Complex Needs Program concept paper, authorized under Section 2703 of the Affordable Care Act. Section 2703 allows states to create Medicaid health homes to coordinate the full range of physical health, behavioral health and community-based long-term services and supports (LTSS) required by Medicaid members with chronic conditions. Federal matching funds are available for two years at 90 percent. If the plan is implemented in California, The California Endowment has offered to fund the remaining 10 percent (up to $25 million per year) required for the additional services for the same two-year period. AB 361 (Chapter 642, Statutes of 2013) authorized California to submit a Section 2703 state plan amendment to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, subject to several conditions, including cost neutrality and an evaluation after the first two years. Registration for the webinar is available here.

Participants should register by April 10, but note that space is limited. Once registered, DHCS will send an email with details about how to connect to the webinar, and an agenda will follow. At the close of the webinar, DHCS will share information about how to provide feedback on the health homes concept and program design. DHCS will accept stakeholder feedback until close of business May 6.

DHCS encourages providers to share the registration link with others who may be interested in attending the webinar. Questions and comments about registration should be sent to hhp@dhcs.ca.gov.

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