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SB 66: Medi-Cal: Federally Qualified Health Center and Rural Health Clinic Services (2019 - 2020)


Current law provides that federally qualified health center (FQHC) services and rural health
clinic (RHC) services, as defined, are covered benefits under the Medi-Cal program, to be reimbursed,
to the extent that federal financial participation is obtained, to providers on a per-visit basis. “Visit” is
defined as a face-to-face encounter between a patient of an FQHC or RHC and specified health care
professionals, including a physician and marriage and family therapist. Under existing law, “physician,”
for these purposes, includes, but is not limited to, a physician and surgeon, an osteopath, and a
podiatrist. This bill would authorize reimbursement for a maximum of 2 visits taking place on the same
day at a single location if after the first visit the patient suffers illness or injury requiring additional
diagnosis or treatment, or if the patient has a medical visit and a mental health visit or a dental visit,
as defined.

CPEHN Position: 
9/15/2019-Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(a)(15). (Last location was INACTIVE FILE on 9/11/2019)(May be acted upon Jan 2020)