Archives: Past Policy Priorities

 

 

Chronic disease prevention

Bill Number & Author Summary Position Status
AB 2782 (Bloom) Healthy CA Fund
AB 2782 will require a 2 cents-per-ounce fee on sugary drinks. The revenue from this health impact fee will equip the state with dedicated resources to invest in communities that are disproportionately impacted by type 2 diabetes, dental disease, heart disease & stroke, and related sugary drink consumption diseases.You can show your support by signing on to this letter or downloading and sending your own letter of support.
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ASSEMBLY – Health
California Nutrition Incentives Matching Grant Program Budget Proposal
The CA Nutrition Incentives Matching Grant Program was created by AB 1321 (Ting) and is housed in the State Office of Farm to Fork. This proposal asks for a $5 million investment in California’s Nutrition Incentive Program to scale up Market Match, boost healthy food access and provide much needed support to our farmers and farm workers, who are struggling through the drought.You can show your support by signing on to the Nutrition Incentive Petition or sending your own letter of support.
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Pending hearing date in the State Assembly and Senate Budget Committees

Last Updated – 3/11/2016

 

Health Care Access

Bill Number & Author Summary Position Status
SB 4 (Lara)

Health4All
Current law creates the California Health Benefit Exchange for the purpose of facilitating the enrollment of qualified individuals and small employers in qualified health care plans. Current law also provides for the Medi-Cal program, under which qualified low-income individuals receive health care services. This bill would declare the intent of the Legislature all Californians, regardless of immigration status, have access to affordable health coverage and care.
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ASSEMBLY-Appropriations
SB 22 (Roth)
Affordable Health Coverage
Would create the Graduate Medical Education Trust Fund in the State Treasury, to consist of funds from public-private partnerships created to fund grants to graduate medical residency training programs and any interest that accrues on those moneys, and would require that moneys in the fund be used, upon appropriation by the Legislature, for those purposes, as specified. The bill would require the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development, in consultation with the California Healthcare Workforce Policy Commission, to develop criteria, upon receipt of private donations of sufficient moneys to develop the criteria, for distribution of available funds.
SUPPORT SENATE –
SB 33 (Ed Hernandez) Medi-Cal: Estate Recovery
Limits estate recovery in the medical program by requiring collection for only those healthcare services required to be collected under federal law.
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ASSEMBLY-Appropriations
SB 36 (Ed Hernandez/De Leon)
Medi-Cal Demonstration ProjectCurrent law provides for a demonstration project under the Medi-Cal program until October 31, 2015, to implement specified objectives, including better care coordination for seniors and persons with disabilities and maximization of opportunities to reduce the number of uninsured individuals. This bill would require the State Department of Health Care Services to submit an application to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for a waiver to implement a demonstration project that, among other things, continues the state’s momentum and successes in innovation achieved under the demonstration project described above. This bill contains other related provisions. SUPPORT ASSEMBLY-Appropriations
SB 610 (Pan)
Timely Payment
Clarity of rates and assurance of timely payment affords health centers the certainty they need to provide access and quality health care to Medi-Cal beneficiaries. This bill will put timelines on how long the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) has to finalize a new health center rate and complete annual reconciliations with a health center.
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ASSEMBLY-Appropriations
AB 690 (Wood)
Improving Access to Behavioral Health Services in Primary Care
This bill adds marriage and family therapists (MFTs) to the list of health care professionals whose services are reimbursed through Medi-Cal on a per-visit basis to federally qualified health centers (FQHC) or rural health clinics (RHCs).
SUPPORT

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ASSEMBLY –
AB 858 (Wood/ Garcia, E)
Improved Access to Mental Health Care Services
Requires Medi-Cal reimbursement to Federally Qualified Health Centers and Rural Health Clinics for mental health services provided on the same day as medical services.
SUPPORT

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SENATE-Appropriations
AB 1130 (Gray/Gonzalez)
Improved Access to Primary Care Services
This bill would allow primary care clinics operating on an intermittent basis the option to provide 30 hours of care per week, rather than 20 hours, as currently allowed by law.
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SENATE-

Third Reading

SB 147 (Ed Hernandez)
Medi-Cal – Pilot Program on FQHC Alternative Payment MethodologySB 147 would require the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) to create a three-year Medi-Cal alternative payment methodology (APM) pilot project for county and community-based federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) willing to participate in the pilot program. SUPPORT

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ASSEMBLY-Appropriations
AB 366 (Bonta)
Medi-Cal: reimbursement: provider ratesWould require claims for payments pursuant to the inpatient hospital reimbursement methodology to be increased by ___ percent for the 2015-16 fiscal year, and would require, commencing July 1, 2016, and annually thereafter, the department to increase each diagnosis-related group payment claim amount based on increases in the medical component of the California Consumer Price Index. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws. SUPPORT SENATE-Appropriations

Last Updated – 7/27/2015