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California Legislation

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

Click here for CPEHN's 2019 Policy and Budget Priorities

Questions? Please email Ricardo Sainz-Ayon at rsainz-ayon@cpehn.org 

Last Update: Tuesday, September 10, 2019 - 15:43
CPEHN Sponsored Legislation
Bill Number/Author Sponsor Description CPEHN Position Status Letter of Support
AB 318 (Chu) Western Center on Law & Poverty Medi-Cal Materials: Readability: Would require the Department of Health Care Services and the Medi-Cal Plans to field-test all translated consumer facing Medical Materials; and would require the department to convene a readability workgroup to improve priority Medi-Cal documents and train staff on best practices in making documents understandable to consumers.Want to learn more? Download our factsheet here. More info Support 9/4/19 - (Ayes 29. Noes 11). In Asm Concurrence - Deadline Sept 13th Download and send in a letter of support today!
AB 929 (Rivas) Health Access California Health Benefit Exchange: Data Collection: Would require health plans to provide enrollee data to our state’s health insurance exchange (Covered California) and for Covered California to make public plan-specific data on cost, quality, and health disparities reduction so consumers and purchasers can better gauge health plan progress towards improving enrollee health outcomes.Want to learn more? Download our factsheet here. More info Support 9/4/19 - (Ayes 40. Noes 0.). In Asm Concurrence. Deadline Sept 13th Download and send in a letter of support today!
SB 207 (Hurtado) Children Now, Regional Asthma Management and Prevention (RAMP) Medi-Cal: Asthma Preventive Services: Will increase access for Medi-Cal beneficiaries to asthma education and home environmental asthma trigger assessments by enabling the Department of Healthcare Services (DHCS) to cover these services provided by qualified professionals that are recommended by a licensed practitioner. The bill will also increase resources to support minor-to-moderate remediation of environmental asthma triggers, which includes low-cost but high impact approaches such as providing mattress and pillow allergen-impermeable covers, using trigger-capturing vacuums, and utilizing Integrated Pest Management. This bill is now a 2-year initiative. Although CPEHN secured $15 million one-time funding for asthma remediation services, CPEHN stays committed to bringing this issue in the future to bring forth a more sustainable budget source.   This bill is now a 2-year initiative. Although we accomplished to secure     More info Support 9/3/19 - 2-YEAR initiative
AB 512 (Ting) Steinberg Institute, Latino Coalition for a Healthy CA (LCHC), Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC), CALGBTQ Health & Human Services Network Medi-Cal: Specialty Mental Health Services: Requires  counties to collect more robust data on mental health disparities experienced by marginalized communities based on race, ethnicity, immigration status, language, gender identity, orientation, and ability status and requires them set  forward looking  goals  in  their mental  health  cultural competence plans in disparities reduction. Counties will be required to conduct meaningful stakeholder engagement to identify community-based and trauma-informed solutions to address disparities and the Department of Healthcare Services (DHCS) shall annually review their progress in reducing access and utilization barriers in mental health services at the county level. Want to learn more? Download our factsheet here.  More info Support 9/4/19 - (Ayes 31. Noes 8. No Votes 1.). In Asm Concurrence. Deadline Sept 13 Download and send in a letter of support today!
Access
Bill Number/Author Sponsor Description CPEHN Position Status Letter of Support
SB 24 (Leyva) Carrillo, Atkins, Beall, Dodd, Hill, Jackson, Skinner, Stern, Umberg, and Wiener Public Health: Public University Student Health Centers: Abortion by Medication Techniques: Current law establishes the University of California, under the administration of theRegents of the University of California, and the California State University, under the administration ofthe Trustees of the California State University, as 2 of the segments of public postsecondary educationin this state.This bill would express findings and declarations of the Legislature relating to theavailability of abortion by medication techniques at on-campus student health centers at publicpostsecondary educational institutions in the state. More info Support 9/3/19 #8 A-SECOND READING FILE -- SENATE BILLS. Assembly Floor Deadline Sept 13.
SB 66 (Atkins) Medi-Cal: Federally Qualified Health Center and Rural Health Clinic Services: Current law provides that federally qualified health center (FQHC) services and rural healthclinic (RHC) services, as defined, are covered benefits under the Medi-Cal program, to be reimbursed,to the extent that federal financial participation is obtained, to providers on a per-visit basis. “Visit” isdefined as a face-to-face encounter between a patient of an FQHC or RHC and specified health careprofessionals, including a physician and marriage and family therapist. Under existing law, “physician,”for these purposes, includes, but is not limited to, a physician and surgeon, an osteopath, and apodiatrist. This bill would authorize reimbursement for a maximum of 2 visits taking place on the sameday at a single location if after the first visit the patient suffers illness or injury requiring additionaldiagnosis or treatment, or if the patient has a medical visit and a mental health visit or a dental visit,as defined. More info Support 9/3/19 #14 A-SECOND READING FILE -- SENATE BILLS. Assembly Floor Deadline Sept 13.
Coverage
Bill Number/Author Sponsor Description CPEHN Position Status Letter of Support
AB 1063 (Petrie-Norris) Healthcare Coverage: Waivers: Current state law creates the California Health Benefit Exchange (Exchange), also knownas Covered California, to facilitate the enrollment of qualified individuals and qualified small employersin qualified health plans as required under PPACA. This bill would require the Exchange to obtainstatutory authority before seeking a state innovation waiver from the United States Department ofHealth and Human Services. The bill would also make related findings and declarations. More info Support 9/3/19 #200 S-ASSEMBLY BILLS - THIRD READING FILE. Senate Floor Deadline Sept 13th.
AB 1088 (Wood) Medi-Cal: Eligibility: Would provide that an aged, blind, or disabled individual who would otherwise be eligiblefor Medi-Cal benefits, as specified, would be eligible for Medi-Cal without a share of cost if their incomeand resources otherwise meet eligibility requirements. The bill would authorize the State Departmentof Health Care Services to implement this provision by provider bulletins or similar instructions untilregulations are adopted. The bill would require the department to adopt regulations by July 1, 2021,and to provide a status report to the Legislature on a semiannual basis until regulations have beenadopted. More info Support 9/4/19 - (Ayes 40. Noes 0.) In Asm Concurrence. Deadline Sept 13
SB 29 (Durazo ) Medi-Cal: Eligibility: The federal Medicaid program provisions prohibit payment to a state for medical assistancefurnished to an alien who is not lawfully admitted for permanent residence or otherwise permanentlyresiding in the United States under color of law. Current law requires individuals under 19 years of ageenrolled in restricted-scope Medi-Cal at the time the Director of Health Care Services makes adetermination that systems have been programmed for implementation of these provisions to beenrolled in the full scope of Medi-Cal benefits, if otherwise eligible, pursuant to an eligibility andenrollment plan, which includes outreach strategies. This bill would extend eligibility for full-scope Medi-Cal benefits to individuals of all ages who are otherwise eligible for those benefits but for theirimmigration status, and would delete provisions delaying implementation until the director makes thedetermination as specified. More info Support 9/3/19 #85 A-SECOND READING FILE -- SENATE BILLS. Assembly Floor Deadline Sept 13th.
SB 260 (Hurtado) Automatic Health Care Coverage Enrollment: Would require the Exchange to enroll an individual in the lowest cost silver plan or anotherplan, as specified, upon receiving the individual’s electronic account from a county, or upon receivinginformation from the State Department of Health Care Services regarding an individual terminated fromdepartment-administered health coverage. The bill would require enrollment to occur before Medi-Calcoverage or coverage administered by the State Department of Health Care Services is terminated,and would prohibit the premium due date from being sooner than the 30th day of the first month ofenrollment. More info Support 9/3/19 #23 A-SECOND READING FILE -- SENATE BILLS. Assembly Floor Deadline Sept 13th.
Integration
Bill Number/Author Sponsor Description CPEHN Position Status Letter of Support
SB 160 (Jackson) Emergency Services: Cultural Competence: Current law defines the terms “political subdivision” and “emergency plans” for purposes ofemergency services provided by local governments. Current law requires a county, upon the nextupdate to its emergency plan, to integrate access and functional needs into its emergency plan, asspecified. This bill would require a county to integrate cultural competence, as defined, into itsemergency plan, upon the next update to its emergency plan, as specified. By increasing the duties oflocal officials, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program. More info Support 9/3/19 #101 A-SECOND READING FILE -- SENATE BILLS. Assembly Floor Deadline Sept 13th.
SB 165 (Atkins) Medical Interpretation Services: Current law, until July 1, 2020, requires the State Department of Health Care Services towork with stakeholders to conduct a study to identify current requirements for medical interpretationservices and make recommendations on strategies that may be employed regarding the provision ofmedical interpretation services for Medi-Cal beneficiaries who are limited English proficient. Existing lawrequires that the department work with stakeholders to establish a pilot project based on therecommendations of the study, as specified. This bill would instead require the department to establisha pilot project concurrent with the study, as specified. The bill would extend the operation of theseprovisions to July 1, 2022. More info Support 9/3/19 #226 A-THIRD READING FILE - SENATE BILLS. Assembly Floor Deadline Sept 13th.
Quality
Bill Number/Author Sponsor Description CPEHN Position Status Letter of Support
AB 577 (Eggman) Medi-Cal: Maternal Mental Health: Would extend Medi-Cal postpartum care for up to one year beginning on the last day of thepregnancy for an eligible individual diagnosed with a maternal mental health condition. The bill woulddefine maternal mental health condition for purposes of the bill. More info Support 9/5/19 #23 A-CONCURRENCE IN SENATE AMENDMENTS
AB 204 (Wood) Hospitals: Community Benefits Plan Reporting: Would require the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development, by no later thanJuly 1, 2020, to develop regulations to standardize the calculation of the economic value of communitybenefits and community benefit plan reporting, as specified. The bill would require the office, uponimplementation of the regulations, to annually prepare a report on community benefits, as specified,and post the report and the community benefit plans submitted by the hospitals on its Internet Website. The bill would authorize the office to impose fines not to exceed an unspecified amount onhospitals that fail to adopt, update, or submit community benefit plans. More info Support 9/3/19 #471 S-ASSEMBLY BILLS - THIRD READING FILE. Senate Floor Deadline Sept 13th.
Social Determinants of Health
Bill Number/Author Sponsor Description CPEHN Position Status Letter of Support
ACR 1 (Bonta) Immigration: Public Charges: This measure would condemn regulations proposed by the Department of Homeland Security to prescribe how a determination of inadmissibility for a person who is not a citizen or national is made based on the likelihood that the person will become a public charge. This measure would also urge the federal government to reconsider and roll back the proposed regulations.   More info Support 9/5/19 #38 S-ASSEMBLY BILLS - THIRD READING FILE
SB 464 (Mitchell) Western Center on Law & Poverty California Dignity in Pregnancy and Childbirth Act: This bill would make legislative findings relating to implicit bias and racial disparities in maternal mortality rates. The bill would require a hospital that provides perinatal care, and an alternative birth center or primary clinic that provides services as an alternative birth center, to implement an implicit bias program, as specified, for all health care provider to complete initial basic training through the program and a refresher course every 2 years thereafter, or on a more frequent basis if deemed necessary by the facility. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.   More info Support 9/3/19 #134 A-SECOND READING FILE -- SENATE BILLS. Assembly Floor Deadline Sept 13th.
SB 639 (Mitchell) Medical Services: Credit or Loan: Current law prohibits a healing arts licensee, as defined, or an employee or agent of that licensee from charging treatment or costs to a open-end credit or loan extended by a 3rd party that is arranged for or established in the licensee's office without first providing a specified written treatment plan, a specified written or electronic notice, and a specified list of which treatment and services are being charged. Current law provides that a person who willfully violates these provisions is subject to specified civil liability. This bill would also prohibit a licensee or employee or agent of that licensee from charging treatment or costs to an open-end credit or loan that is extended by a third party and that is arranged for, or established in, that licenses's office without providing that plan or list.  More info Support 9/3/19 #269 A-THIRD READING FILE - SENATE BILLS. Assembly Floor Deadline Sept 13th.
AB 392 (Weber) Peace Officers: Deadly Force: Would redefine the circumstance under which a homicide by a peace officer is deemed justifiable to include when the killing is in self-defense or the defense of another, consistent with the existing legal standard for self-defense, or when the killing is necessary to prevent the escape of a fleeing felon whose immediate apprehension is necessary to prevent death or serious injury. The bill would additionally bar the use of this defense if the peace officer acted in a criminally negligent manner that caused the death, including if the officer's criminally negligent actions created the necessity for the use of deadly force. More info Support 8/30/19 - Signed by Governor and will become law January 1 2020