Medical Exemptions California

Medical Exemption California
Medical Exemption California 11 2015.pdf
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Medi-Cal and Medi-Cal managed insurance plans
Families who have medi-cal or medi-cal managed plans face a unique discrimination in that if they have medi-cal services due to income they cannot go to an out of network physican seeking a medical exemption as potentially their child could lose their medi cal benefits. As such, we would encourage you to go through your medi cal physican in seeking a medical exemption. If you give that physician ample information about your family medical history and that physician refuses to consider it you should 
1.) file a REPORT with the California Medical Board​ and email us the REPORT and 
2.) File a complaint with your medi cal managed plan or the state and then the Department of Managed Healthcare (DMHC) that you have a physician refusing to write a medical exemption. ​​

If you have a medical provider refusing to write a medical exemption letter do not forget to file a complaint or grievance with your insurance company including at the state level (in California Department of Managed Healthcare OR Department of Insurance) that your medical provider is denying care. Doctors are contracted to be providers with insurance companies to be an in network provider and they are breaking their contract refusing to provide a medical exemption to families who have a medical family history that necessitates a medical exemption.


If you are having trouble with medical exemptions please contact A Voice For Choice

If your doctor offers a diagnosis and treatment plan you don't agree with, what do you do? GET A SECOND OPINION!
SO If your doctor denies you a Vaccine Medical Exemption, what do you do?


Has your pediatrician told you that your child does not qualify for a medical exemption? You’re not alone. Many families in California are being turned away by their school districts and by their pediatricians, simply because they do not understand California’s new state law.
Pediatricians mistakenly believe that medical exemptions are limited to the CDC list of contraindications, which only list anaphylaxis, coma, prolonged seizures, or severe immunodeficiency. In reality, Senate Bill 277, expanded the medical exemption criteria to include “any circumstances, including but not limited to, family medical history, for which the physician does not recommend immunization...” During his signing, Governor Brown added to the law that “the judgement and sound discretion of the physician” would be sufficient grounds for a medical exemption.
So, what is a family to do, when their pediatrician refuses to consider signing a medical exemption? Certainly it would be a noble effort to try to inform the pediatrician of the nuances of the law. But if the pediatrician dismisses the information, it’s time to seek a second opinion. Remember, informed consent must be just that — uncoerced consent to a procedure based on adequate information. Coercion is not consent.
You do not have to feel trapped. You do have options. Throughout California, licensed physicians are evaluating their patients and, if warranted, are signing medical exemptions based on the criteria established by SB 277. If your pediatrician does not understand SB 277, find a new pediatrician.
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