CMS Grants Approval for Medi-Cal Reimbursement for COVID-19 Testing for Low-Income Students

On Wednesday, Governor Gavin Newsom announced the Biden-Harris Administration approved California’s request to use Medicaid (Medi-Cal) funding to provide voluntary COVID-19 testing for low-income students covered by Medi-Cal. The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) late last year requested permission to provide COVID-19 testing in schools for Medi-Cal children in grades transitional kindergarten through 12.

The request to the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) was approved retroactively to February 1, 2021, and will continue for 60 days after the end of the federal public health emergency. The CMS approval letter is available here. A statement from the Governor’s Office is available here.