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California Legislation

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

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

Last Update: Wednesday, May 8, 2019 - 13:30
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 4/10/19 A-APPR. SUSPENSE Hearing set for 5/16/19 or 5/17/19
AB 537 (Wood) Western Center on Law & Poverty Medi-Cal Managed Care: Quality Improvement and Value-Based Financial Incentive: Would establish a quality assessment and performance improvement program to improve the quality of health care services provided by Medi-Cal managed care plans and reduce health disparities.Want to learn more? Download our factsheet here.  More info Support 4/24/2019 - Referred A-APPR. SUSPENSE Hearing set for 5/16/19 or 5/17/19
AB 887 (Kalra) State Government: Office of Health Equity: Codifies the position of California Surgeon General and relocates the Office of Health Equity (OHE) under the direction of the Surgeon General. On January 7th, 2019, Governor Newsom issued Executive Order N-02-19 to establish the California Surgeon General. The California Surgeon General is charged with advising the Governor on a comprehensive approach to addressing health risks and challenges by leveraging the insights of stakeholders and serving as a spokesperson on public health issues. By moving the Office of Health Equity under the Surgeon General, OHE will be better positioned to impact policy across state government agencies and departments. It would also provide the resources and support necessary for the Surgeon General to have impact across the state. Want to learn more? Download our factsheet here. More info Support 5/1/2019 - Referred to A-APPR SUSPENSE Hearing set for 5/16/19 or 5/17/19
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 5/6/2019: Passed Assembly Floor (77- Aye) (0-Noe) - Pending Sen Rules Cmte for Assignment
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. Factsheet can be found here.  More info Support 4/29/2019: Sen-APPR. SUSPENSE: Hearing set for 5/16/19 or 5/17/19
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 4/24/2019 A-APPR - Hearing set for 5/16/19 or 5/17/19
Access
Bill Number/Author Sponsor Description CPEHN Position Status Letter of Support
AB 683 (Carrillo) Medi-Cal: Eligibility: Current law requires Medi-Cal benefits to be provided to individuals eligible for servicespursuant to prescribed standards, including a modified adjusted gross income (MAGI) eligibilitystandard. Current law prohibits the use of an asset or resources test for individuals whose financialeligibility for Medi-Cal is determined based on the application of MAGI. This bill would require thedepartment to disregard specified assets and resources, such as motor vehicles and life insurancepolicies, in determining the Medi-Cal eligibility for an applicant or beneficiary whose eligibility is notdetermined using MAGI, subject to federal approval and federal financial participation. More info Support 4/10/2019-Re-referred to Cmte. on APPR - Hearing TBD
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 5/13/19: S-APPR 10 a.m. - John L. Burton Hearing Room 4203 PORTANTINO Chair
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 4/8/2019: Placed on A-APPR SUSPENSE: Hearing set for 5/16/19 or 5/17/19
Coverage
Bill Number/Author Sponsor Description CPEHN Position Status Letter of Support
AB 4 (Bonta) California Immigrant Policy Center Medi-Cal: Eligibility: Current law establishes the Medi-Cal program, which is administered by the StateDepartment of Health Care Services and under which qualified low-income individuals receive healthcare services. The Medi-Cal program is, in part, governed and funded by federal Medicaid programprovisions. Federal law prohibits payment to a state for medical assistance furnished to an alien who isnot lawfully admitted for permanent residence or otherwise permanently residing in the United Statesunder color of law. This bill would extend eligibility for full-scope Medi-Cal benefits to individuals of allages, if otherwise eligible for those benefits, but for their immigration status. The bill would deleteprovisions delaying eligibility and enrollment until the director makes the determination as specified. More info Support 5/1/2019: Referred to A-APPR SUSPENSE: Hearing set for 5/16/19 or 5/17/19
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 4/25/19: Passed Assembly Floor (Ayes 62) (Noes 13) (No vote 5) - Pending Sen Rules Cmte Assignment
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 5/8/19: A-APPROPRIATIONS SUSPENSE: Hearing set for 5/16/19 or 5/17/19
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 4/22/2019: A-APPR SUSPENSE Hearing: Set for 5/16/19 or 5/17/19
SB 65 (Pan) California Health Benefit Exchange: Financial Assistance: Would require the California Health Benefit Exchange, notwithstanding the provisionestablishing the California Health Trust Fund and only to the extent that the Legislature appropriatesfunding for these purposes, to administer financial assistance to help low-income and middle-incomeCalifornians access affordable healthcare coverage by requiring the Exchange to implement specifiedmaximum premium contributions and to reduce copays and deductibles for individuals who meetspecified income requirements. The bill would also require the Exchange to administer financialassistance in a manner that maximizes federally funded subsidies. More info Support 4/29/2019: A-APPR SUSPENSE Hearing: set for 5/16/19 or 5/17/19
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 4/22/19: A-APPR SUSPENSE Hearing: set for 5/16/19 or 5/17/19
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 4/22/19: A-APPR SUSPENSE Hearing set for 5/16/19 or 5/17/19
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 4/22/19: A-APPR SUSPENSE. Hearing set for 5/16/19 or 5/17/19
Quality
Bill Number/Author Sponsor Description CPEHN Position Status Letter of Support
AB 316 (Ramos) Medi-Cal: Benefits: Beneficiaries with Special Dental Care Needs: Would require the State Department of Health Care Services to implement a special needstreatment and management benefit, which would be provided for 4 visits in a 12-month period for aMedi-Cal dental program beneficiary with special dental care needs, as defined. The bill would requirea Medi-Cal dental program provider to document the need for additional time to treat a Medi-Cal dentalprogram beneficiary with special dental care needs. The bill would not limit the provision or scope ofMedi-Cal benefits covered under existing law. More info Support 5/1/19: A-APPR SUSPENSE. Hearing set for 5/16/19 or 5/17/19
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 4/24/19: A-APPR. SUSPENSE Hearing set for 5/16/19 or 5/17/19
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 4/10/19: A-APPR. SUSPENSE Hearing set for 5/16/19 or 5/17/19
AB 715 (Wood) Medi-Cal: Program for Aged and Disabled Persons: Current law requires the State Department of Health Care Services to exercise its optionunder federal law to implement a program for aged and disabled persons. Current law requires anindividual under these provisions to satisfy certain financial eligibility requirements. Current lawrequires the department to implement this program by means of all-county letters or similarinstructions without taking regulatory action and thereafter requires the department to adoptregulations. This bill would instead require, upon receipt of federal approval, all countable income over100% of the federal poverty level, up to 138% of the federal poverty level, to be disregarded, aftertaking all other disregards, deductions, and exclusions into account for those persons eligible underthe program for aged and disabled persons. More info Support 4/3/19: Re-referred A-APPR. Hearing - TBD
AB 767 (Wicks) Healthcare Coverage: Infertility: Would require every health care service plan contract or health insurance policy that isissued, amended, or renewed on or after January 1, 2020, to provide coverage for in vitro fertilization,as a treatment of infertility, and mature oocyte cryopreservation. The bill would delete the exemptionfor religiously affiliated employers, health care service plans, and health insurance policies, from therequirements relating to coverage for the treatment of infertility, thereby imposing these requirementson these employers, plans, and policies. More info Support 5/1/19 Re-referred A-APPR Hearing-TBD
AB 1611 (Chiu) Emergency Hospital Services: Costs: Would require a health care service plan contract or insurance policy issued, amended, orrenewed on or after January 1, 2020, to provide that if an enrollee or insured receives coveredservices from a noncontracting hospital, the enrollee or insured is prohibited from paying more thanthe same cost sharing that the enrollee or insured would pay for the same covered services receivedfrom a contracting hospital. The bill would require a health care service plan or insurer to pay anoncontracting hospital for emergency services rendered to an enrollee or insured pursuant to aspecified formula, would require a noncontracting hospital to bill, collect, and make refunds in aspecified manner, and would provide a dispute resolution procedure if any party is dissatisfied withpayment. More info Support 4/30/19: A-APPR. Hearing - TBD
Social Determinants of Health
Bill Number/Author Sponsor Description CPEHN Position Status Letter of Support
AB 36 (Bloom) Affordable Housing Rental Prices: Would state the findings and declarations of the Legislature that, among other things, affordable housing has reached a crisis state that threatens the quality of life of millions of Californians as well as the state economic outlook. This bill also would express the Legislature's intent to enact legislation in order to stabilize rental prices and increase the availability of affordable rental housing.  More info Support 4/25/19: Re-referred to Cmte. on RLS. pursuant to Assembly Rule 96.
AB 196 (Gonzalez) Paid Family Leave: Current law establishes, within the state disability insurance program, a family temporary disability insurance program, also known as the paid family leave program, for the provision of wage replacement benefits to workers who take time off work to care for a seriously ill family member or to bond with a minor child within one year of birth or placement, as specified. This bill would state the Legislature's intent to enact legislature that would expand the paid family leave program in order to provide a 100% wage replacement benefit for workers earing $100,000 or less annually.  More info Support 5/1/19: Referred to A-APPR. SUSPENSE Hearing set for 5/16/19 or 5/17/19
AB 526 (Petrie-Norris) Public Social Services: SSI/SSP: Current law, the Burton-Moscone-Bagley Citizens' Income Security Act for Aged, Blind and Disabled Californians, requires the State Department of Social Services to contract with the United States Secretary of Health and Human Services to make payments to supplement Supplemental Security Income payments made available pursuant to the federal Social Security Act. This bill would make technical, nonsubstantive changes changes to that provision. More info Support 5/1/19: Referred to A-APPR SUSPENSE Hearing set for 5/16/19 or 5/17/19
AB 1764 (Carrillo) Eugenics Sterilization Compensation Program: Would state the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that would establish the Eugenics Sterilization Compensation Program, administered by the California Victim Compensation Board, 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.  More info Support 5/1/19: Referred to A-APPR SUSPENSE Hearing set for 5/16/19 or 5/17/19
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 4/3/19 Re-referred to Com. on HUMAN S.
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 4/29/19: A-APPR SUSPENSE Hearing set for 5/16/19 or 5/17/19
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 Read second time. Ordered to third reading
SB 574 (Leyva) Toxic Fragrance Chemicals Right to Know Act of 2019: Would, commencing July 1, 2020, require a manufacturer of a cosmetic product sold in the state to disclose to the Division of Environmental and Occupational Disease Control cosmetic products that contain a fragrance ingredient or flavor that is included on a designated list, as defined, and a list of each fragrance ingredient and flavor ingredient in the cosmetic product, as specified. The bill would, commencing July 1, 2020, require the division to post on its existing database of cosmetic product information a list of those fragrance ingredients and flavor ingredients in the cosmetic product and its associated health hazards.   More info Support 5/13/19 S-APPR 10a.m. John L. Burton Hearing Room (4203) PORTANTINO Chair
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 4/10/19: Re-referred to Cmte. on Rules.