Public Social Services; Aid and Medical Assistance
It is the intent of the Legislature to comply with federal law requiring that when a beneficiary has third-party health coverage or insurance, the State Department of Health Services shall be the payer of last resort. In order to assess overlapping or duplicate health coverage, every health insurer, self-insured plan, group health plan, as defined in Section 607(1) of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, service benefit plan, managed care organization, including health care service plans as defined in subdivision (f) of Section 1345 of the Health and Safety Code, licensed pursuant to the Knox-Keene Health Care Service Plan Act of 1975 (Chapter 2.2 (commencing with Section 1340) of Division 2 of the Health and Safety Code), pharmacy benefit manager, or other party that is, by statute, contract, or agreement, legally responsible for payment of a claim for a health care item or service shall maintain a centralized file of the subscribers', policyholders', or enrollees' names, mailing addresses, and social security numbers or date of birth, and where available, for all other covered persons, the names and social security numbers or date of birth. This information shall be made available to the State Department of Health Services upon reasonable request. Notwithstanding Section 20134 of the Government Code, the Board of Administration of the California Public Employees' Retirement System and affiliated systems or contract agencies shall permit data matches with the state department to identify Medi-Cal beneficiaries with third-party health coverage or insurance. A recipient's Medi-Cal identification card shall, where information is available, contain information advising providers of health care services of any third-party health coverage for the recipient. Providers shall seek reimbursement from available third-party health coverage before billing the Medi-Cal program.
(Amended by Stats. 2007, Ch. 188, Sec. 76.)