California Legislation

As CPEHN re-orients to the public health challenges brought on by COVID-19 and gathers critical on-the-ground information from our community partners, we are shifting our 2020 policy priorities to meet the most immediate needs before us.

As of April 3rd the Legislature has determined it will remain in recess until May 4th in order to respect physical distancing precautions and slow the spread of COVID-19. While still in session, the Legislature had been able to pass emergency budget legislation that earmarks over $1 billion for the Governor to use toward critical medical infrastructure to support healthcare professionals and other rapid response measures to aid our most vulnerable community members.

However, much more work is yet to be done. CPEHN will be advocating for specific needs experienced by communities of color and underserved populations in the wake of COVID-19. These areas include:

  • Access to timely oral interpretation at testing and treatment sites including mobile hospitals, medical facilities, and ICUs
  • Mental health support, especially for monolingual elders who are living in isolation
  • Expansion of Medi-Cal eligibility for undocumented elders
  • Linking together safety net services such as unemployment with Medi-Cal enrollment
  • Providing health navigator assistance for newly eligible Medi-Cal beneficiaries
  • Ensuring equitable access to COVID-19 testing and treatment
  • Demographic data collection of COVID-19 related cases and fatalities
  • Equitable access to virtual treatment modalities including telehealth

CPEHN’s 2020 Budget Score Card | Updated June 26, 2020

Questions? Please email Linda Tenerowicz at [email protected] 

The grid below provides information on CPEHN’s priority bills for the 2019-2020 legislative session.