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          SENATE COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS
                             Senator Ricardo Lara, Chair
                            2015 - 2016  Regular  Session

          AB 376 (Lopez) - CalWORKs eligibility:  immunizations
          
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          |Version: June 19, 2015          |Policy Vote: HUMAN S. 5 - 0     |
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          |Urgency: No                     |Mandate: Yes                    |
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          |Hearing Date: August 27, 2015   |Consultant: Jolie Onodera       |
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          *********** ANALYSIS ADDENDUM - SUSPENSE FILE ***********
             The following information is revised to reflect amendments 
                     adopted by the committee on August 27, 2015


          Bill  
          Summary:  AB 376 would, commencing July 1, 2016, allow county  
          human services agencies to first review the California  
          Immunization Registry (CAIR) to verify that specified children  
          in the CalWORKs assistance unit have received all  
          age-appropriate immunizations prior to requiring CalWORKs  
          applicants and recipients to provide immunization records, as  
          specified.


          Fiscal  
          Impact:  
           Potentially significant one-time and ongoing non-reimbursable  
            county administrative costs (Local Funds) for training and  
            verification of immunizations of each applicable child in the  
            CAIR for applicants and recipients prior to requesting  
            immunization records. The new workload would be offset in part  
            by replacing the existing workload for cases that provide and  







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            require verification of paper documentation, as well as  
            administrative cost savings for those cases found in the CAIR  
            that would no longer require a follow-up request for  
            documentation. 
           Potentially significant decrease in CalWORKs sanctions for  
            failure to provide immunization records, resulting in  
            increased ongoing CalWORKs grant costs of about $1.5 million  
            (General Fund). DSS data indicates approximately 32 percent of  
            cases sanctioned for not providing the required documentation  
            were sanctioned for one month (and are assumed to otherwise  
            have the immunizations complete). This estimate assumes 38  
            percent of those cases sanctioned for one month would have  
            information available in the CAIR that would potentially  
            result in averted sanctions.  
           Potentially significant one-time costs (General Fund) for  
            reprogramming of the Statewide Automated Welfare System  
            (SAWS).


          Author  
          Amendments:  Remove the mandate on county human services  
          agencies to first review the CAIR to verify documentation and  
          instead make the activity permissive.


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