SB 223: Health Care Non-Discrimination Act (2017 - 2018)
SB 223 (Atkins) will require all health plans in California to comply with non-discrimination measures, strengthen consumer protections, and align language access standards regardless of changes in federal policy. This bill bring all health plans to the highest standards for providing language assistance and interpretation services for LEP individuals. It will also preserve in state law key non-discrimination notification provisions from the Affordable Care Act. Despite opposition, SB 223 received bi-partisan support in the Assembly Health Committee.