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California Legislation

The grid below provides information on CPEHN's priority bills for the 2017-2018 legislative session.

Questions? Please email Kimberly Chen at kchen@cpehn.org.

Last Update: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 09:31
CPEHN Sponsored Legislation
Bill Number/Author Sponsor Description CPEHN Position Status Letter of Support
AB 2275 (Arambula) Western Center on Law & Poverty Medi-Cal managed care: quality assessment and performance improvement: Would require the State Department of Health Care Services to establish a quality assessment and performance improvement program for all Medi-Cal managed care plans, through which the plans would be required to meet annual improvements in quality measures and reduction of health disparities, as specified. The bill would require the department to require the plans to track and trend quality measures by specified demographic categories. More info Support Assembly Health Download and send in a letter of support today!
AB 2434 (Bloom) Strategic Growth Council: Health in All Policies Task Force: Would require the Strategic Growth Council to establish a Health in All Policies (HiAP) Task Force for the purposes of incorporating health, equity, and sustainability considerations into decision- making across sectors and policy areas. The bill would require the task force to, among other things, take specified actions to advance the council’s goals of improving air and water quality, protecting natural resources and agricultural lands, increasing the availability of affordable housing, improving infrastructure programs, promoting public health, planning sustainable communities, and meeting the state’s climate change goals. More info Support Assembly Health and Natural Resources Download and send in a letter of support today!
SB 1152 (Hernandez) SEIU State Council Hospital patient discharge process: homeless patients: Current law prohibits specified health facilities from causing the transfer of homeless patients from one county to another county for the purpose of receiving supportive services from a social service agency, health care service provider, or nonprofit social service agency within the other county, without prior notice and authorization. This bill would require those health facilities to include within the hospital discharge policy, a written homeless patient discharge planning policy and process, as specified. The bill would require the health facilities to develop a written plan for coordinating services and referrals for homeless patients including procedures for homeless patient discharge referrals, designated liaisons at each participating entity, and coordination protocols. More info Support Senate Health Download and send in a letter of support today!
Economic Security
Bill Number/Author Sponsor Description CPEHN Position Status Letter of Support
AB 3200 (Kalra) Western Center on Law & Poverty Public social services: SSI/SSP: Under current law, benefit payments under SSP are calculated by establishing the maximum level of nonexempt income and federal SSI and state SSP benefits for each category of eligible recipient, with an annual cost-of-living adjustment, effective January 1 of each year. Current law prohibits, for each calendar year, commencing with the 2011 calendar year, any cost-of-living adjustment from being made to the maximum benefit payment unless otherwise specified by statute, except for the pass along of any cost-of-living increase in the federal SSI benefits. Current law continuously appropriates funds for the implementation of SSP. This bill would reinstate the cost-of- living adjustment beginning January 1 of the 2019 calendar year. More info Support Assembly Human Services
SB 982 (Mitchell) Western Center on Law & Poverty CalWORKs: grant amount: Current law requires the amount of cash aid paid each month to CalWORKs recipients to be determined by deducting the family’s income, as specified, from specified sums, as adjusted for cost-of- living increases. Current law prohibits the amount of cash aid paid each month from exceeding those sums, as adjusted for cost-of-living increases, plus any allowance for recurring special needs, as specified. This bill would change the sums from which the family’s income is to be deducted to determine the amount of cash aid paid each month, and would prohibit the amount of cash aid from being more than those specified sums or less than other specified sums. More info Support Senate Human Services
SB 1190 (Skinner) California Latinas for Reproductive Justice, DREDF Eugenics Sterilization Compensation Program: Would establish the Eugenics Sterilization Compensation Program, to be implemented by an unspecified state department, for the purpose of providing victim compensation to any survivor of state-sponsored sterilization conducted pursuant to eugenics laws that existed in the State of California between 1909 and 1979. The bill would require the department, in consultation with community-based organizations, to conduct outreach to locate any qualified recipient, as defined, notify him or her of the process to apply for victim compensation, and review and verify all applications for victim compensation, as specified. More info Support Senate Health
Improving Access to Quality Health Care
Bill Number/Author Sponsor Description CPEHN Position Status Letter of Support
AB 595 (Wood) Health Access Health care service plans: mergers and acquisitions: Would require a health care service plan that intends to merge or consolidate with, or enter into an agreement resulting in its purchase, acquisition, or control by, any entity, as defined, including another health care service plan or a licensed health insurer, to give notice to, and secure prior approval from, the Director of the Department of Managed Health Care. The bill would require the health care service plan to meet specified requirements and to provide information necessary for the director to make the determination to approve, conditionally approve, or disapprove the transaction or agreement, as specified. More info Support Senate Health
AB 1860 (Limón) American Cancer Society Health care coverage: cancer treatment: Current law prohibits, until January 1, 2019, an individual or group health care service plan contract or health insurance policy issued, amended, or renewed on or after January 1, 2015, that provides coverage for prescribed, orally administered anticancer medications used to kill or slow the growth of cancerous cells from requiring an enrollee or insured to pay, notwithstanding any deductible, a total amount of copayments and coinsurance that exceeds $200 for an individual prescription of up to a 30-day supply of a prescribed orally administered anticancer medication, as specified. Under existing law, a willful violation of this prohibition by a health care service plan is a crime. This bill would extend the duration of this prohibition indefinitely. More info Support Assembly Health
AB 2299 (Chu) Western Center on Law & Poverty, Women's Policy Institute Medi-Cal: managed care plans: informational materials: Would require the State Department of Health Care Services to ensure that all written health education and informing materials, as defined, developed and translated into threshold languages by managed care plans are at or below the equivalent of 6th grade reading level in English. The bill would require the department to require managed care plans or other contractors to conduct a one-time, targeted community review of health education and informing materials in English and each threshold language, in order for members to ensure the cultural and linguistic appropriateness of materials in community-based settings. More info Support Assembly Health
AB 2430 (Arambula) Western Center on Law & Poverty Medi-Cal: program for aged and disabled persons: Current law requires the department to exercise its option under federal law to implement a program for aged and disabled persons, as described. Current law requires an individual under these provisions to satisfy certain financial eligibility requirements, including, among other things, that his or her countable income does not exceed an income standard equal to 100% of the applicable federal poverty level, plus an income disregard of $230 for an individual, or $310 in the case of a couple, except that the income standard determined shall not be less than the SSI/SSP payment level for a disabled individual or couple, as applicable. This bill would instead require, upon receipt of federal approval, all countable income over 100% of the federal poverty level, up to 138% of the federal poverty level, to be disregarded, after taking all other disregards, deductions, and exclusions into account for those persons eligible under the program for aged and disabled persons.  More info Support Assembly Health
SB 974 (Lara) CIPC, Health Access Medi-Cal: immigration status: adults: Current law requires individuals under 19 years of age enrolled in restricted-scope Medi-Cal at the time the Director of Health Care Services makes a determination that systems have been programmed for implementation of these provisions, be enrolled in the full scope of Medi-Cal benefits, if otherwise eligible, pursuant to an eligibility and enrollment plan, as specified. Current law makes the effective date of enrollment for those individuals the same day that systems are operational to begin processing new applications pursuant to the director’s determination. 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 their immigration status. The bill would also delete provisions delaying implementation until the director makes the determination described above. More info Support Senate Health
SB 1008 (Skinner) California Dental Association Health insurance: dental services: medical loss ratio: Would express the intent of the Legislature to enact a medical loss ratio standard for specialized health care service plans and specialized health insurance policies that cover dental services no later than January 1, 2019. The bill would also make technical changes. This bill contains other existing laws. More info Support Senate Rules
SB 1125 (Atkins) Federally qualified health center and rural health clinic services: Current law provides that federally qualified health center (FQHC) services and rural health clinic (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” is defined as a face-to-face encounter between a patient of an FQHC or RHC and specified health care professionals. This bill would authorize reimbursement for a maximum of 2 visits taking place on the same day at a single location if after the first visit the patient suffers illness or injury requiring additional diagnosis or treatment, or if the patient has a medical visit and another health visit, as defined. More info Support Senate Health
Protecting Health Care Reform
Bill Number/Author Sponsor Description CPEHN Position Status Letter of Support
AB 2499 (Arambula) Health Access Health care coverage: medical loss ratios: Current law requires a health care service plan or health insurer that issues, sells, renews, or offers a health care service plan contract or health insurance policy, respectively, for health care coverage in this state to comply with minimum medical loss ratios, and to provide an annual rebate to each enrollee or insured under that coverage, on a pro rata basis, if the medical loss ratio of the amount of premium revenue expended by the plan or health insurer on the costs for reimbursement for clinical services and for activities that improve health care quality to the total amount of premium revenue is less than a certain percentage. This bill would increase the minimum medical loss ratio percentages applicable to health care service plans and health insurers by 5%, except as specified. More info Support Assembly Health
SB 910 (Hernandez) Western Center on Law & Poverty Short-term limited duration health insurance: Would prohibit the State Department of Health Care Services from seeking or obtaining a Medicaid demonstration project or waiver to require work or community engagement activities as a condition of Medi-Cal eligibility or coverage, to require waiting periods, time limits, or coverage lockouts, as specified, or to require any other condition of Medi-Cal eligibility or coverage not authorized by any other provision of state law or federal statute or regulation. More info Support Senate Appropriations
Public Health and Prevention
Bill Number/Author Sponsor Description CPEHN Position Status Letter of Support
AB 1877 (Limón) MICOP Office of Emergency Services: communications: translation: The California Emergency Services Act establishes the Office of Emergency Services within the Governor’s office under the supervision of the Director of Emergency Services and makes the office responsible for the state’s emergency and disaster response services for natural, technological, or manmade disasters and emergencies. This bill would would require the Office of Emergency Services and the governing body of each political subdivision, including each operational area, to translate any emergency communication into the most commonly spoken languages in the impacted county or counties. More info Support Assembly Governmental Organization
AB 2122 (Reyes) CCWRO, Environmental Working Group Medi-Cal: Blood lead screening tests: Would require the Department of Health Care Services to ensure that a child enrolled in Medi-Cal receives blood lead screening tests at 12 and 24 months of age, and that a child 2 to 6 years of age, inclusive, receives a blood lead screening test if there is no record of a previous test for that child. The bill would require the department to report its progress toward blood lead screening tests for all enrolled children, as specified, annually on its Internet Web site, establish a case management monitoring system, and require health care providers to test enrolled children, as specified. More info Support Assembly Health
AB 2775 (Kalra) Black Women for Wellness Professional cosmetics: labeling requirements: The Sherman Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Law generally defines the term “cosmetic” as an article, or its components, intended to be applied to the human body, or any part of the human body, for cleansing, beautifying, promoting attractiveness, or altering the appearance. The law makes a violation of its provisions a crime. This bill would require a professional cosmetic manufactured on or after July 1, 2020, for sale in this state to have a label affixed on the container that satisfies all of the labeling requirements for any other cosmetic pursuant to specific federal laws. More info Support Assembly Health
AB 2976 (Quirk) CCWRO, Environmental Working Group Medi-Cal: benefits for children: blood lead screening tests: Would require the State Department of Health Care Services to ensure that a child enrolled in Medi-Cal receives blood lead screening tests at 12 and 24 months of age. The bill would also require the department to ensure that a child 2 to 6 years of age, inclusive, receives at least one blood lead screening test if there is no record of a previous test for that child. More info Support Assembly Health
SB 1192 (Monning) American Heart Assoc., LCHC Food facilities: SB 1192 requires all restaurants that serve meals specifically targeted and marketed toward children to make healthy drinks the default drink option in those bundled meals. The default drink option would include water, sparkling water, flavored water with no added sweetener, or milk. A sugary drink can still be provided with a children’s meal at no additional cost; however, the purchasing customer must explicitly ask to replace the healthy drink for a sugary drink More info Support Senate Rules Download and send in a letter of support today!
SB 1292 (Hueso) Alzheimer's Association, LCHC Alzheimer’s disease: Current law requires the State Department of Public Health to provide public and professional education on Alzheimer’s disease to educate consumers, caregivers, and health care providers, and to increase public awareness. This bill would declare the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that would require the department to conduct a study examining the impact of Alzheimer’s disease on minorities and women. More info Support Senate Rules
Students and Youth
Bill Number/Author Sponsor Description CPEHN Position Status Letter of Support
AB 992 (Arambula) Children Now CalWORKs: Baby Wellness and Family Support Home Visiting Program: Would establish the Baby Wellness and Family Support Home Visiting Program that would require the State Department of Social Services to allocate funds to counties for the purpose of implementing or contracting with specified early home visiting programs to provide voluntary home visiting programs approved by the department and would authorize the funds to be used to coordinate early home visiting services with, among others, child education and development programs and diaper bank services. More info Support Senate Human Services
AB 2289 (Weber) Access Women's Justice, ACT, Black Women for Wellness, California Latinas for Reproductive Justice Pupil rights: pregnant and parenting pupils: Current law requires a pupil to be excused from school for specified types of absences and prohibits those excused absences from generating state apportionment payments by deeming them as absences in computing average daily attendance. This bill would include as another type of excused absence, 4 absences per school year to care for a sick child, for which the school is prohibited from requiring a note from a doctor. The bill would require a school of a school district or county office of education and a charter school to allow a parenting pupil who gives or expects to give birth up to 6 weeks of parental leave or 8 weeks of parental leave for a caesarian section birth or birth with complications, and to allow a parenting pupil not giving birth up to 4 weeks of parental leave after the birth. More info Support Assembly Education
AB 2297 (Arambula) Western Center on Law & Poverty CalWORKs and CalFresh: Hunger Impact Act of 2018: Current law requires each county to provide cash assistance and other social services to needy families through the California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) program using federal Temporary Assistance to Needy Families block grant program, state, and county funds. Current law specifies the amounts of cash aid to be paid each month to CalWORKs recipients, including an allowance for recurring special needs, as specified. This bill, the Hunger Impact Act of 2018, would require that an additional allowance be paid each month in the amount of $15 or actual expenses, whichever is greater, to a recipient who has a verified special diet or food preparation need, as specified. More info Support Assembly Human Services
Sustainability, Equitable Communities, & Housing
Bill Number/Author Sponsor Description CPEHN Position Status Letter of Support
SB 623 (Monning) Leadership Counsel Water quality: Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund: Would establish the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund in the State Treasury and would provide that moneys in the fund are continuously appropriated to the State Water Resources Control Board. The bill would require the board to administer the fund to secure access to safe drinking water for all Californians, while also ensuring the long-term sustainability of drinking water service and infrastructure. The bill would authorize the state board to provide for the deposit into the fund of federal contributions, voluntary contributions, gifts, grants, bequests, and settlements from parties responsible for contamination of drinking water supplies. More info Support Assembly Rules