Thank you for writing to Governor Schwarzenegger about the Suleman Octuplets. The Governor appreciates hearing from constituents about the issues that are important to them.

State and county child welfare officials are committed to ensuring all children remain safe and free from abuse and neglect as mandated by California state law. The state Department of Social Services has been working with Los Angeles County child welfare officials concerning the family of the octuplets. We have been assured by Los Angeles County that they have appropriate services available for high-risk families and that they are prepared to respond to cases of reported abuse or neglect.

As for your specific questions about the octuplets, California state law precludes the release of private information relating to an individual's health care or participation in entitlement programs such as Medi-Cal. However, Medi-Cal does not cover any type of fertility treatment, including in vitro fertilization. Rest assured, the Department of Health Care Services is committed to serving those with the greatest health care needs and ensuring appropriate and effective expenditure of public resources in compliance with California state law. Also, the Medical Board of California is looking into the situation surrounding conception to see if they can substantiate a violation of the standard of care.

Sincerely,


Rosemary Rawlins
Office of Constituent Affairs