(a)To the extent federal financial participation is available, the department shall exercise the option provided in Section 1920a of the federal Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. Sec. 1396r-1a) to implement a program of presumptive eligibility for any child who meets both of the following criteria:
(1)He or she has been receiving, but is no longer eligible for, benefits under the Healthy Families Program.
(2)He or she appears to be income-eligible for full-scope Medi-Cal without a share of cost.
(b)The department shall designate the Managed Risk Medical Insurance Board or any agent designated by the Managed Risk Medical Insurance Board, including, but not limited to, the single point of entry defined in subdivision (c) of Section 14011.6, as the qualified entity for determining eligibility under this section.
(c)The presumptive eligibility benefits provided under this section shall be identical to the benefits provided to children who receive full-scope Medi-Cal benefits without a share of cost, and shall only be made available through a Medi-Cal provider.
(d)The department shall commence implementation of this section on July 1, 2007, or after all necessary federal approvals are obtained, whichever date is later. Upon implementation of the presumptive eligibility program described in this section, the Director of Health Care Services shall executive a declaration, which shall be retained by the director, stating that implementation of the program has commenced.
(e)Notwithstanding Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 11340) of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code, the department shall, without taking any regulatory action, initially implement this section by means of all-county letters. Thereafter, the department shall adopt any necessary regulations in accordance with the requirements of Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 11340) of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code.
(f)Upon the receipt of a timely and complete Medi-Cal application for a child who has coverage pursuant to the presumptive eligibility program authorized under this section, a county shall determine whether the child is eligible for Medi-Cal benefits. If the county determines that the child does not meet the eligibility requirements for participation in the Medi-Cal program, the county shall timely report this finding to the Medical Eligibility Data System so that presumptive eligibility benefits are discontinued.