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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: Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 16:07
CPEHN Sponsored Legislation
Bill Number/Author Sponsor Description CPEHN Position Status Letter of Support
SB 223 (Atkins) CPEHN Health Care Non-Discrimination Act: 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. More info Support Pending - Assembly Appropriations Download and send in a letter of support today!
AB 391 (Chiu) Regional Asthma Management & Prevention, Children Now Asthma Preventive Services Act: AB 391 (Chiu), co-sponsored by Regional Asthma Management & Prevention and Children Now, will allow California to better deliver care for Medi-Cal beneficiaries with asthma by adopting policies to expand access to cost-effective preventative care and provide healthcare workforce opportunities for communities of color. Specifically, this bill directs the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) to cover asthma education and home environmental asthma trigger assessment services provided by qualified professionals that may fall outside of the state’s clinical licensure system as long as the services have been initially recommended by a licensed practitioner. AB 391 enjoyed unanimous bi-partisan support in the Senate Health Committee. More info Support Pending - Senate Appropriations Download and send in a letter of support today!
AB 470 (Arambula) Mental Health Equity Act: AB 470 (Arambula) will establish robust tracking and evaluation measures to ensure Medi-Cal beneficiaries have timely access to quality mental health services that meet their cultural and language needs. Specifically, for adult specialty mental health, AB 470  would facilitate the improvement of mental health outcomes and the reduction of disparities for adults receiving specialty mental health services by implementing a statewide performance and outcomes reporting system. This reporting system would include statewide and plan-specific reporting on utilization, timely access, language access, and quality.  More info Support Pending - Senate Appropriations Download and send in a letter of support today!
AB 179 (Cervantes) Center for Community Action & Environmental Justice, ClimatePlan Transportation Equity Act: AB 179 (Cervantes), co-sponsored by Center for Community Action & Environmental Justice and ClimatePlan, will restructure the California Transportation Commission (CTC) to ensure diverse representation that promotes equitable transportation planning and protects public health. Recent amendments to the bill directs the Governor to ensure members of the CTC are diverse, including considering commissioners' socio-economic background, professional experience and experience working in or representing disadvantaged communities. AB 179 also requires the CTC to coordinate with the Air Resources Board to meet the state climate goals. More info Support Pending - Senate Appropriations Download and send in a letter of support today!