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.