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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

Questions? Please email Linda Tenerowicz at ltenerowicz@cpehn.org 

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

Last Update: Monday, May 11, 2020 - 16:28
CPEHN Sponsored Legislation
Bill Number/Author Sponsor Description CPEHN Position Status Letter of Support
AB 2892 (L. Rivas) CPEHN Health Care Service Plans: Consumer Participation Program: Removes the sunset for the Consumer Participation Program which allows consumer advocates to be compensated for doing time-intensive regulatory analysis and technical support on behalf of California’s health consumers. More info Support 3/5/20 Referred to Com. on HEALTH
SB 936 (Pan) CPEHN Medi-Cal Managed Care Plans: Contracts: This bill would require Medi-Cal managed care plans to procure their contracts with the state every 5 years in order to ensure plan accountability, quality, and stakeholder engagement. In addition, this bill requires plans to meet certain criteria, including healthcare quality, network adequacy, and accessibility, in order to bid with the state.  More info Support 4/3/20 From committee with author's amendments. Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on HEALTH.
Access
Bill Number/Author Sponsor Description CPEHN Position Status Letter of Support
SB 65 (Pan) Health Access Health Care Coverage: Financial Assistance: This bill provides cost-sharing reduction subsidies to individuals making $24,000 to $49,000 per year (200-400% of the federal poverty level). These consumers would have zero deductibles as cost sharing reduction subsidies will be equal to Gold tier plans.  More info Support 1/23/20 From committee with author's amendments. Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on APPR.
AB 2347 (Wood) Health Access Health Care Coverage: Financial Assistance: This bill is identical to SB 65. This bill provides cost-sharing reduction subsidies to individuals making $24,000 to $49,000 per year (200-400% of the federal poverty level). These consumers would have zero deductibles as cost sharing reduction subsidies will be equal to Gold tier plans.  More info Support 2/24/20 Referred to Com. on HEALTH.
Coverage
Bill Number/Author Sponsor Description CPEHN Position Status Letter of Support
AB 4 (Arambula) Health Access, California Immigrant Policy Center Medi-Cal: Eligibility: This bill expands Medi-Cal eligibility to all persons who would otherwise qualify regardless of their immigration status.  More info Support 7/2/19 In committee: Hearing canceled at the request of author.
SB 29 (Durazo) Health Access, California Immigrant Policy Center Medi-Cal: Eligibility: This bill expands Medi-Cal eligibility to all older adults over 65 who would otherwise qualify regardless of their immigration status. More info Support 9/4/19 Read second time. Ordered to third reading.
Integration
Bill Number/Author Sponsor Description CPEHN Position Status Letter of Support
AB 2032 (Wood) Author Sponsored Medi-Cal: Medically Necessary Services: This bill would provide that the above-specified medical necessity standards do not preclude coverage for, and reimbursement of, a clinically appropriate and covered mental health or substance use disorder assessment, screening, or treatment service before a provider renders a diagnosis. More info Support 3/4/20 Re-referred to Com. on HEALTH
AB 2055 (Wood) Author Sponsored Specialty Mental Health Services and Substance Use Disorder Treatment: This bill would require the department to establish, implement, and administer the Behavioral Health Quality Improvement Program to assist county mental health plans and counties that administer the Drug Medi-Cal Treatment Program or the Drug Medi-Cal organized delivery system for purposes of preparing those entities for implementation of the behavioral health components included in the Medi-Cal Healthier California for All initiative. More info Support 3/17/20 Re-referred to Com. on HEALTH
Quality
Bill Number/Author Sponsor Description CPEHN Position Status Letter of Support
SB 910 (Pan) Author Sponsored Population Health Management Program: This bill would require the department to require, by January 1, 2022, each Medi-Cal managed care plan to implement a population health management program (program) to identify, assess, and manage the needs of Medi-Cal beneficiaries who are enrolled in each plan.  More info Support 3/16/20 Re-referred to Com. on HEALTH
Mental Health
Bill Number/Author Sponsor Description CPEHN Position Status Letter of Support
SB 803 (Beall) Mental Health Services: Peer Support Specialist Certification: This bill would establish a statewide certification program for peer support specialists and provides the structure needed to maximize the federal match for peer services under Medi-Cal. More info Support 3/26/20 From committee with author's amendments. Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on HEALTH.
AB 2360 (Maienschein) Maternal and Child Mental Health: Telepsychiatry Pilot Project: Requires the Department of Healthcare Services to establish a pilot project to provide telepsychiatry doctor-to-doctor consults to diagnose and treat maternal mental health disorders. More info Support 4/6/20 In committee: Hearing postponed by committee.
AB 2007 (Salas) Medi-Cal: Federally Qualified Health Center: Rural Health Clinic: Telehealth: This bill will improve access to care through telehealth by clarifying that in addition to providing services through telehealth, community health centers can establish a patient through real-time or store-and-forward telehealth services in community settings as long as health center staff are at the community sites and that the community site is within health center’s service area and the site has been designated as a licensed physical clinic or intermittent site of the health center. This simple clarification will increase access to vital and cost-effective health care services to thousands of patients in marginalized communities across California. More info Support 3/17/20 In committee: Hearing postponed by committee.