CA Welf & Inst Code Section 14124.89


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, upon request of the department for any records, or any information contained in records pertaining to an individual or group health insurance policy or plan issued by such insurer or plan against, or pertaining to the medical or dental benefits paid by or claims made against such insurer or plans under a policy or plan, make the requested records or information available upon a certification by the department that the individual is an applicant for or recipient of services under this chapter or is a person who is legally responsible for such an applicant or recipient.


The department shall enter into a cooperative agreement setting forth mutually agreeable procedures for requesting and furnishing appropriate information, not inconsistent with any law pertaining to the confidentiality and privacy of medical records, which procedure shall include such financial arrangements as may be necessary to reimburse insurers or plans for necessary costs incurred in furnishing requested information, and the time and manner such procedures are to become effective. Reimbursement to insurers or plans complying with the provisions of this section shall be at the same rate of reimbursement used to reimburse the Department of Motor Vehicles for providing information to insurance carriers.


The information required to be made available pursuant to this section shall be limited to information necessary to determine whether health benefits have been or should have been claimed and paid pursuant to a health insurance policy or plan with respect to items of medical care and services received by a particular individual for which Medi-Cal coverage would otherwise be available.


Not later than the date upon which the procedures agreed to pursuant to subdivision (b) become effective, the director shall establish guidelines to assure that information relating to an individual certified to be an applicant for or recipient of medical assistance, furnished to any insurer or plan pursuant to this section, is used only for the purpose of identifying the records or information requested in such manner so as not to violate the confidentiality of an applicant or recipient.


The department shall implement the provisions of this section by January 1, 1983.
Last Updated

Aug. 19, 2023

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