Existing law establishes the Medi-Cal program, which is administered by the State Department of Health Care Services and under which qualified low-income individuals receive health care services. The Medi-Cal program is, in part, governed and funded by federal Medicaid program provisions.
Existing law, subject to implementation of the California Advancing and Innovating Medi-Cal (CalAIM) initiative, authorizes a Medi-Cal managed care plan to elect to cover community supports approved by the department as cost effective and medically appropriate in a comprehensive risk contract that are in lieu of applicable Medi-Cal state plan services. Under existing law, community supports that the department is authorized to approve include, among other things, housing deposits, environmental accessibility adaptations or home modifications, and asthma remediation.
This bill would add climate change remediation to the above-described list of community supports. For purposes of these provisions, the bill would define “climate change remediation” as coverage of devices and installation of those devices, as necessary, to address health-related complications, barriers, or other factors linked to extreme weather or other climate events, including air conditioners, heaters, air filters, or generators, among other specified devices for certain purposes.
Committee Location: Assembly Health Committee
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Assemblymember Lisa Calderon was elected in November 2020 to represent the 57th Assembly District in the California State Legislature, which covers portions of Southeast Los Angeles County and the San Gabriel Valley. Lisa was born and raised in California’s Central Valley where her parents and grandmother labored in fields, farms, and factories to create a life in the Golden State. She attended California State University, Sacramento and worked her way through college as a waitress to pay for tuition and expenses. Prior to her election to the Assembly, Lisa worked for Southern California Edison, an electric utility company. Working for a major provider of electricity in Southern California provided her with a strong background in energy policy, and an understanding of renewable energy sources for its users. As the state battled historic, climate changed-induced, wildfires, which have increased in intensity in the last few years, Lisa gained first-hand experience in disaster management and preparedness. Within her first year in the Legislature, Lisa supported legislation that established the groundwork for offshore wind infrastructure along California’s coasts. She authored legislation to protect the lung health of Californians impacted by the increasing threat of wildfires. Some of her priority legislation has helped to secure resources for working families, foster youth, and students experiencing homelessness, including an extension of funding resources for homeless students. She was also successful in securing millions of dollars of funding in the state budget to support asylees with resources during their transition to life in California.
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