We Need Your Voice: Senate Health Care Bill Putting Coverage of 37 Million Children at Risk

Currently, the Senate is considering a health care bill that puts Medi-Cal, and other state Medicaid programs, at risk. Nearly half of California’s children are covered by Medi-Cal which means that over 5 million kids are in danger of losing coverage. That’s why we’re asking you to join Dr. Chris Feudtner and the Hospice and Palliative […]


Draft budget proposes significant delay in Medi-Cal palliative care services

JANUARY 11, 2017 (Sacramento, CA)—The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) shared a 2017-18 budget document yesterday showing that Gov. Jerry Brown is proposing to delay the implementation of a program that would expand access to palliative care services for Medi-Cal Managed Health Care Plan enrollees. DHCS had previously indicated April 2016 as the […]


SB 1004 palliative care stakeholder webinar scheduled for Sept. 8

UPDATED Sept. 8. 2016: On Sept. 8, 2016, the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) held a webinar to review its policy paper (PDF) describing General Eligibility and Disease-Specific Eligibility Criteria under Senate Bill 1004 (Hernandez). The next step in implementing this legislation is for DHCS to draft and distribute an “All Plan Letter” […]


Medi-Cal reimburses for advance care planning

In another significant step forward to normalize and support advance care planning conversations—and a win for the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California—Medi-Cal is following Medicare’s lead by using codes to allow billing by providers for advance care planning discussions with beneficiaries under the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes 99497 and 99498. The federal Medicare program […]


Pediatric palliative care program reduces stress and worry for caregivers, study says

An article published in the December 2015 issue of the Journal of Hospice & Palliative Nursing shows that caregivers of children with serious illnesses also receive benefits from palliative care. The article, Impact of a Pediatric Palliative Care Program on the Caregiver Experience, takes a look at the California pediatric palliative care waiver Partners for […]


CCCC submits recommendations to Medi-Cal regarding implementation of SB 1004

Despite growing recognition of the value and cost-effectiveness of palliative care services, there continues to be significant disparities in how palliative care is defined, delivered and evaluated—not just in California, but across the nation. Through the implementation of SB 1004, California’s Medi-Cal system has a unique opportunity to serve as a leader in the creation […]


California policy: POLST registry, advance directive database, palliative care benefits under Medi-Cal, and more

When it comes to public policy, a lot has happened in the last few weeks. The deadline for bill introduction was Feb. 27, and the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California has been reviewing bills to determine which ones are relevant to our mission. Here is what you need to know… PROPOSED LEGISLATION NEW AB […]


Medi-Cal working to provide access to palliative care for adults thanks to SB 1004

On January 1, 2015, an important law impacting access to palliative care in California went into effect. Senate Bill 1004 (Hernandez) requires Medi-Cal to issue guidance on the medical conditions and prognoses that make a beneficiary eligible for palliative care, and provide technical assistance to Medi-Cal managed care plans to ensure the delivery of palliative […]