BILL NUMBER: SB 970	ENROLLED
	BILL TEXT

	PASSED THE SENATE  AUGUST 29, 2012
	PASSED THE ASSEMBLY  AUGUST 22, 2012
	AMENDED IN ASSEMBLY  AUGUST 20, 2012
	AMENDED IN SENATE  MAY 29, 2012
	AMENDED IN SENATE  APRIL 17, 2012
	AMENDED IN SENATE  APRIL 9, 2012
	AMENDED IN SENATE  MARCH 29, 2012

INTRODUCED BY   Senator De León
   (Principal coauthor: Senator Alquist)
   (Coauthor: Senator DeSaulnier)
   (Coauthors: Assembly Members Ammiano, Hill, Portantino, Williams,
and Yamada)

                        JANUARY 17, 2012

   An act to add and repeal Section 15927 of the Welfare and
Institutions Code, relating to health and human services.


	LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


   SB 970, De León. Health Care Reform Eligibility, Enrollment, and
Retention Planning Act: coordination with other programs.
   Existing law, the Health Care Reform Eligibility, Enrollment, and
Retention Planning Act, requires the State Department of Health Care
Services, in consultation with specified entities, to establish
standardized single, accessible application forms and related renewal
procedures for state health subsidy programs, as defined, in
accordance with specified requirements.
   This bill would provide for the transmittal to a county human
services department of information about an applicant initially
applying for, or renewing, health care coverage using the single
state application developed pursuant to the act, if the applicant
consents to have his or her application information used to
simultaneously initiate applications for CalWORKs and CalFresh, for
initiation of the application. This bill would authorize the
Secretary of California Health and Human Services to phase in
implementation of these provisions under certain circumstances. The
bill would require the California Health and Human Services Agency to
convene a workgroup of human services and health care advocates,
legislative staff, and other specified representatives, to consider
the feasibility, costs, and benefits of integrating application and
renewal processes for additional human services and work support
programs with the single state application described in the bill, and
to provide, by July 1, 2013, specified details regarding the
workgroup to the appropriate fiscal and policy committees of the
Legislature. This bill would require that the functionality necessary
to implement the cross-application process be achieved by the
expiration of a specified federal waiver. This bill would provide
that those provisions would become inoperative under certain
circumstances.
   By imposing new duties on counties, this 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 these
statutory provisions.


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

  SECTION 1.  Section 15927 is added to the Welfare and Institutions
Code, to read:
   15927.  (a) At the time of initial application for, or renewal of,
health care coverage using the single state application described in
subdivision (c) of Section 15926, if an individual consents to have
his or her health care application information used to initiate a
simultaneous application for the California Work Opportunity and
Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) program or the CalFresh program,
that information shall be transmitted to the applicable county human
services department to initiate the application.
   (b) The California Health and Human Services Agency shall convene
a workgroup of human services and health care advocates, legislative
staff, representatives of county human services departments and
county eligibility workers, and staff from appropriate state and
local departments, to consider the feasibility, costs, and benefits
of integrating application and renewal processes for additional human
services and work support programs with the single state application
described in subdivision (c) of Section 15926. The California Health
and Human Services Agency, by July 1, 2013, shall provide to the
appropriate fiscal and policy committees of the Legislature details
regarding the workgroup convened pursuant to this subdivision.
   (c) The functionality necessary to implement subdivision (a) shall
be achieved no later than the expiration of the federal waiver for
Office of Management and Budget Circular A-87, which requires states
to evenly allocate the development costs for systems that are
federally funded and will be used to determine eligibility for
multiple programs.
   (d) If the secretary determines that it is necessary, in order to
ensure timely and accurate decisions on applications for aid, to
phase in implementation of subdivision (a), implementation may be
phased in, provided that program eligibility shall not be reduced.
   (e) (1) If the secretary determines that the implementation of
subdivision (a) would prevent the timely implementation of the
single, standardized application for state health subsidy programs as
described in subdivision (c) of Section 15926, the secretary shall
report his or her recommendation to the Legislature, hold a public
hearing on the issue, and execute a declaration stating that he or
she has determined it is necessary to cease implementation of
subdivision (a). The secretary shall provide a copy of the
declaration to the Secretary of the Senate, the Chief Clerk of the
Assembly, and the Legislative Counsel, and post the declaration on
the California Health and Human Services Agency Internet Web site.
   (2) On the date the secretary executes a declaration pursuant to
paragraph (1), this section shall become inoperative, and shall be
repealed on the next January 1 that is at least two years after the
inoperative date, unless a later enacted statute extends or repeals
that date.
  SEC. 2.  If the Commission on State Mandates determines that this
act contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement to local
agencies and school districts for those costs shall be made pursuant
to Part 7 (commencing with Section 17500) of Division 4 of Title 2 of
the Government Code.