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SB 165: Medical Interpretation Services (2019 - 2020)


Current law, until July 1, 2020, requires the State Department of Health Care Services to
work with stakeholders to conduct a study to identify current requirements for medical interpretation
services and make recommendations on strategies that may be employed regarding the provision of
medical interpretation services for Medi-Cal beneficiaries who are limited English proficient. Existing law
requires that the department work with stakeholders to establish a pilot project based on the
recommendations of the study, as specified. This bill would instead require the department to establish
a pilot project concurrent with the study, as specified. The bill would extend the operation of these
provisions to July 1, 2022.

CPEHN Position: 
9/27/2019-Approved by the Governor. Chaptered by Secretary of State. Chapter 365 Statutes of 2019.