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Medi-Cal Children's Health Advisory Panel

Effective January 1, 2015, the Medi-Cal Children’s Health Advisory Panel (MCHAP) was formed under the terms of Assembly Bill (AB) 357 (Pan, Chapter 376, Statutes of 2014) which codifies the administration of the Panel at the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS). Previously, the Panel had served as an advisory body for the former Healthy Families Program (HFP), which was administered by the Managed Risk Medical Insurance Board (MRMIB). On January 1, 2014 the Panel began operating as a stakeholder group for DHCS, and was collaboratively renamed to the Advisory Panel for Medi-Cal Families. In 2017, Senate Bill (SB) 220 (Pan, Chapter 280, Statutes of 2017) revised the qualification criteria for three MCHAP positions, established member term lengths, and made other minor technical changes.

MCHAP advises DHCS on policy and operational issues that affect children in Medi-Cal. The Panel consists of a 15-member advisory body whose members are recognized stakeholders/experts in their fields, practicing and/or certified medical professionals, advocates who represent the interest of children’s health, as well as parent members who provide feedback on topics that impact children in Medi-Cal. To facilitate focused discussion of issues that impact children’s health, the Panel meetings generally are designed in a ‘deep dive’ format with discussions occurring on one or two topics at each meeting. 

 Applicants Sought for Panel Vacancy

DHCS is seeking to fill a vacancy on the MCHAP for a representative whom is either a Medi-Cal enrollee who has received Medi-Cal benefits or services in relation to a pregnancy, including, but not limited to, benefits or services received through the Medi-Cal Access Program, or is a parent, foster parent, relative caregiver, or legal guardian of a Medi-Cal enrollee who is 21 years of age or younger.
Interested applicants should submit their Statement of Interest and resume to by May 25, 2018.

Next Meeting

Medi-Cal Children's Health Advisory Panel Meeting
The California Endowment
1414 K St, 1st Floor Conference Room, Sacramento, CA 95814
Thursday, June 28, 2018
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Conference Call:

​Upcoming Meetings


  • October 18, 2018


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