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(14.23) What must a school district tell you when it asks for consent to use your child’s Medi-Cal benefits or private health insurance to pay for a special education related service?

(14.23) What must a school district tell you when it asks for consent to use your child’s Medi-Cal benefits or private health insurance to pay for a special education related service?

Parental consent is only valid if you have been fully informed of all information relevant to the activity for which consent is being requested and is in your native language or other mode of communication.  You must “understand and agree” in writing.  You should understand that the granting of consent is voluntary and can be revoked at any time.  [34 C.F.R. Secs. 300.154(d)(2)(iv)(A), (e), & 300.9.]

For children with both Medi-Cal and private insurance coverage, parents must be told that use of a child’s Medi-Cal can result in the Medi-Cal program initiating third-party recovery against the child’s private insurance. This may deplete the private insurance lifetime cap or the lifetime cap on coverage for a particular service or treatment.