AB-0526: WIC Express Lane

Session: 2019-2020
Author: Petrie-Norris
Status: Alive
AAP-CA Position: Support
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Requires the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) to design and implement policies and procedures for an automated California Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children Program (WIC) enrollment gateway pathway (WIC to Medi-Cal automated enrollment gateway pathway), which would electronically transfer WIC eligibility information to the Medi-Cal program to establish Medi-Cal eligibility for WIC applicants and recipients not yet enrolled in the Medi-Cal program. Requires, for applicants enrolling in the Medi-Cal program using the WIC to Medi-Cal automated enrollment gateway pathway, benefits to be provided immediately through accelerated enrollment for children, and though presumptive eligibility (PE) for pregnant women, and to continue until a final eligibility determination is made for the Medi-Cal program. Requires DHCS to complete the project approval lifecycle process, as specified in the Statewide Information Management Manual and specified provisions of the State Administrative Manual, for the automated enrollment pathway prior to implementing this bill

Download AAP Positional Letter: AB526 WIC joint letter 2