Governor Signs Bill to Preserve Access to Specialty Care for Medically Fragile Children

SACRAMENTO, Calif.--()--Ann-Louise Kuhns, CEO of the California Children’s Hospital Association, released the following statement thanking Governor Brown for signing AB 187 (Bonta), a critical measure extending the life of the California Children’s Services (CCS) program. Without AB 187, important medical, rehab, and other CCS services used by 180,000 medically fragile children could have been disrupted.

“Thank you Governor Brown for signing AB 187 (Bonta) and extending the carve-out for the California Children's Services (CCS) Program. We appreciate the opportunity to work thoughtfully over the next year on improvements that will best serve the 180,000 medically fragile children who currently obtain critically needed care through CCS.

We will continue to cooperate with the Department of Health Care Services to develop plans for CCS and Medi-Cal improvements; and we look forward to working with CCS clients, their families, and other stakeholders to assure continued access to quality pediatric specialty care.”

The CCS program began in 1927 and provides diagnosis, treatment, and medical case management to 180,000 children under the age of 21 who are enrolled in Medi-Cal, are low income, or have catastrophic medical care costs. The program serves California children with the most medically complex conditions, such as cancer, diabetes, hemophilia, epilepsy, cerebral palsy, and congenital heart defects by linking them with the physicians, hospitals and other health care providers their unique needs require. CCS was specifically exempted from Medi-Cal managed care more than 20 years ago. This is the ninth time the Legislature has voted, and the Governor has approved keeping this program independent in order to best serve medically fragile children and their families.

Contacts

California Children’s Hospital Association
Ann-Louise Kuhns, 916-956-3685

Release Summary

Gov Brown signs AB 187 (Bonta). A critical measure extending the life of the California Children’s Services (CCS) program, which are used by 180K medically fragile children.

Contacts

California Children’s Hospital Association
Ann-Louise Kuhns, 916-956-3685