Health Care Access

LCHC prioritizes and supports legislation and policy that increases access to affordable, high quality, culturally and linguistically appropriate care in a timely manner for all Californians. The following list of bills span across health care access efforts and are bills that we support during the 2017 legislative session.

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Bill Number & Author Summary Position Status 
AB 207 (Arambula)   Medical School at CSU- Central Valley 

(This bill would authorize California State University, Fresno, to award the doctor of medicine degree. This bill would require the degree to be distinguished from doctor of medicine degree programs at the University of California.
The bill would require that the doctor of medicine degree offered by California State University, Fresno, be focused on preparing degree candidates to close the health care gap. The bill would require that each student in the program authorized by the bill be charged fees no higher than the rate charged for students in state-supported doctor of medicine programs at the University of California.)

 Support Hearing canceled at the request of author.
 SR 26 ( Hernandez & De Leon) Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

Resolution urging Congress and the U.S. President to not take any action that would jeopardize the health of millions of people in the U.S.

 Support Adopted
 SB 223 (Atkins) Health care language assistance services.

This bill would also require managed care plans to provide written notice of the availability of interpretation services in language groups identified by the department and in the top 15 languages spoken by LEP individuals in California identified annually by the United States Census Bureau. This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.

 Support

Approved by the Governor.

AB 569 (Gonzalez) Discrimination: Reproductive Health

Would amend provisions of labor law relating to the obligations of an employer to prohibit an employer from taking any adverse employment action, as defined, against an employee based on the use of any drug, device, or medical service related to reproductive health by an employee or employee’s dependent or requiring an employee to sign a waiver or other document that purports to deny any employee the right to make his or her own reproductive health care decisions, including the use of a particular drug, device, or medical service

 Support

Vetoed by Governor.

SB 743 (Hernandez) Medi-Cal: family planning providers

This bill would prohibit a Medi-Cal managed care plan from restricting the choice of the qualified provider, as defined, from whom a Medi-Cal beneficiary enrolled in the plan may receive family planning services. The bill would require a Medi-Cal managed care plan to reimburse an out-of-plane or out-of-network qualified provider at the applicable fee-for-service rate. The bill would make related legislative findings and declarations.

 

Support

Approved by the Governor.

AB 205 (Wood) Medi-Cal: Medi-Cal managed care plans.

This bill would authorize a person to request a hearing involving a Medi-Cal managed care plan within 120 calendar days after the order or action complained of, and would exclude a request from the 120-calendar day filing time if there is good cause, as defined, for filing the request beyond the 120-calendar day period.

 Support

Approved by the Governor.

SB 171 (Hernandez) Medi-Cal: Medi-Cal managed care plans.

This bill would implement various provisions in regard to those federal regulations, as amended May 6, 2016, governing Medicaid managed care plans. The bill would authorize a person, after he or she has exhausted the Medi-Cal managed care plan’s appeals process, to request a hearing involving a Medi-Cal managed care plan within 120 calendar days after, he or she has either received verbal or written notice from the Medi-Cal managed care plan that the adverse benefit determination, as defined, is upheld or the appeal or expedited appeal is denied, or the person is deemed to have exhausted the Medi-Cal managed care plans appeals process, as specified, and would exclude a request from the 120-calendar day filing time if there is good cause, as defined, for filing the request beyond the 120-calendar day period. 

Support

Approved by the Governor.

AB 340 (Arambula)

Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment Program: trauma screening.

Would require, consistent with federal law, that screening services under the EPSDT program include screening for trauma, as defined by the bill and as specified. The bill also would require the Department of Health Care Services, in consultation with the State Department of Social Services and others, to adopt, employ, and develop, as appropriate, tools and protocols for screening children for trauma and would authorize the department to implement, interpret, or make specific the screening tools and protocols by means of all-county letters, plan letters, or plan or provider bulletins, as specified.

 Support

Approved by the Governor.

AB 595 (Wood)

Health care service plans: mergers and acquisitions.

This bill would require specified entities that intend to merge with, consolidate, acquire, purchase, or control, directly or indirectly, a health care service plan doing business in this state to give notice to, and secure prior approval from, the Director of the Department of Managed Health Care.

Support In committee: Hearing postponed by committee.
SB 320 (Leyva)

Public health: public post-secondary education

The bill would require the Chancellor of the California State University, on and after March 1, 2018, to identify and report to the Legislature specified data relating to access for students of the university to comprehensive family planning and abortion services.

Support

Re-referred to Com. on ED.

AB 254 (Thurmond)

Local Educational Agency Behavioral Health Integration Pilot Program.

This bill would require the department to establish the Local Educational Agency Behavioral Health Integration Pilot Program for the purpose of improving the behavioral health outcomes of students by improving the delivery of direct behavioral health services, as defined. The bill would require the department to encourage eligible participants to participate in the program, to provide technical assistance to eligible participants, to develop a request for a proposals process to determine funding allocation, and to formulate any necessary Medi-Cal State Plan amendments, and award grants pursuant to these provisions.

Support

In committee: Held under submission.

SB 349 (Lara)

Chronic dialysis clinics: staffing requirements.

This bill would establish minimum staffing requirements for chronic dialysis clinics and establish a minimum transition time between patients receiving dialysis services at a treatment station. The bill would require chronic dialysis clinics to maintain certain information relating to the minimum staffing and minimum transition time requirements and provide that information, certified by the chief executive officer or administrator, to the department on a schedule and in a format specified by the department, but no less frequently than 4 times per year.

Support

Ordered to inactive file on request of Assembly Member Calderon.

AB 391 (Chiu/Gomez)

Medi-Cal: asthma preventive services.

This bill, which would be known as the Asthma Preventive Services Program Act of 2017, would require the department to seek an amendment to its Medicaid state plan to include qualified asthma preventive services providers, as defined, as providers of asthma preventive services, as defined, for individuals with poorly controlled asthma, under the Medi-Cal program. The bill would require the department to approve at least 2 governmental or non-governmental accrediting bodies with expertise in asthma to review and approve training curricula for qualified asthma preventive services providers, as specified, and would require the curricula to be, at a minimum, 16 hours of instruction on specified topics.

Support

Vetoed by Governor.

AB 470 (Arambula)

Medi-Cal: specialty mental health services: performance outcome dashboard.

This bill would require the department, in collaboration with the California Health and Human Services Agency, to create a performance outcome dashboard, as specified, for specialty mental health services provided to eligible Medi-Cal beneficiaries. The bill would require the department, commencing no later than January 15, 2018, and quarterly thereafter, to convene a stakeholder advisory committee comprised of specified representatives, including representatives of providers, consumers, and counties, to inform the creation of the performance outcome dashboard for specialty mental health services.

Support

Approved by the Governor.

AB 620 (Holden)

Prisoners: trauma-focused programming.

This bill would require the department to implement a 4-year pilot program at 4 state prisons to offer trauma-focused programming, which includes, among other things, programs that provide tools for coping and dealing with trauma and individual therapy, to qualified incarcerated persons during the 5 years preceding his or her parole date. The bill would require the department, by July 1, 2018, to convene a stakeholder group, as specified, and develop trauma-focused programming for use in the pilot program.

Support

In committee: Held under submission.

Last Updated – 10/21/2017