BILL NUMBER: AB 2352	CHAPTERED
	BILL TEXT

	CHAPTER  676
	FILED WITH SECRETARY OF STATE  SEPTEMBER 30, 2010
	APPROVED BY GOVERNOR  SEPTEMBER 30, 2010
	PASSED THE SENATE  AUGUST 24, 2010
	PASSED THE ASSEMBLY  AUGUST 30, 2010
	AMENDED IN SENATE  JULY 15, 2010

INTRODUCED BY   Assembly Member John A. Perez

                        FEBRUARY 19, 2010

   An act to add Section 14132.70 to the Welfare and Institutions
Code, relating to Medi-Cal.


	LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


   AB 2352, John A. Perez. Medi-Cal: organ transplants: antirejection
medication.
   Existing law establishes the Medi-Cal program, administered by the
State Department of Health Care Services, under which basic health
care services are provided to qualified low-income persons. Under
existing law, organ transplants and donor surgeries are covered as
reimbursable services under the Medi-Cal program.
   This bill would provide that a Medi-Cal beneficiary shall remain
eligible to receive Medi-Cal coverage for antirejection medication
for up to 2 years following an organ transplant, unless during that
period the beneficiary becomes eligible for Medicare or private
health insurance that would cover the medication.



THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  SECTION 1.  Section 14132.70 is added to the Welfare and
Institutions Code, to read:
   14132.70.  (a) A Medi-Cal beneficiary shall remain eligible to
receive Medi-Cal coverage for antirejection medication for up to two
years following an organ transplant, unless during that period the
beneficiary becomes eligible for Medicare or private health insurance
that would cover the medication.
   (b) Notwithstanding Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 11340) of
Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code, the
department may implement, interpret, or make specific this section by
means of all-county letters, provider bulletins, or similar
instructions, without taking any further regulatory action.