Having parents sign the Medi-Cal statement at the end of an IEP meeting helps fund the school district. Here is a good statement you can read if parents have questions about it:
“There is a Medi-Cal question you’ll be asked to sign. I don’t want to know whether you receive Medi-Cal or not. That is confidential between you and Medi-Cal. But with your permission, we will send some information to Medi-Cal so we can bill them for special services like OT and Speech. Even if your student isn’t eligible for Medi-Cal, the district could receive money from the state out of a special pool that is used only by schools. Signing will not affect your personal Medi-Cal benefits in any way.”
This is vetted by our Medi-Cal reimbursement company. I helped craft the statement. A similarly worded version is here.
Here is a slightly more legally correct version that doesn’t roll off the tongue as well:
“By signing, you are allowing the school district to bill Medi-Cal for the services we are providing as listed in your child’s IEP. Even if your child isn’t currently eligible for Medi-Cal, the school district could receive money from the state out of a special pool that is used only by schools. Signing will not affect your personal Medi-Cal benefits in any way. Your Medi-Cal eligibility is confidential between you and Medi-Cal, I am not asking to discuss it here.”