Each year, CAPH actively follows 40-50 health care related bills that could have an impact on California’s public health care systems, health care providers that serve a large number of low-income patients, or Medi-Cal beneficiaries and low-income communities.
The California Legislature reconvened on January 11, 2021. Please see below for a list of our priority bills.
AB 4 (Arambula: Medi-Cal: Eligibility) This bill extends eligibility for full scope Medi-Cal benefits to anyone regardless of age, and who is otherwise eligible for those benefits but for their immigration status, pursuant to an eligibility and enrollment plan. CAPH submitted a letter of support for this bill.
AB 14 (Aguiar-Curry: Communications: Broadband: Advanced Services Fund) This bill authorizes local educational agencies to report to the State Department of Education their pupils’ estimated needs for computing devices and internet connectivity adequate for at-home learning. Authorizes the board of supervisors of a county to acquire, construct, improve, maintain, or operate broadband internet access service, and any other communications service necessary to obtain federal or state support. CAPH submitted a letter of support for this bill.
AB 32 (Aguiar-Curry: Telehealth) This bill would require health care services furnished by an enrolled clinic through telehealth to be reimbursed by Medi-Cal on the same basis, to the same extent, and at the same payment rate as those services are reimbursed if furnished in person. The bill would prohibit the State Department of Health Care Services from restricting the ability of an enrolled clinic to provide and be reimbursed for services furnished through telehealth. The bill would require the department to continue the telehealth flexibilities in place during the COVID-19 pandemic state of emergency. The bill would require the department, by January 2022, to convene an advisory group with specified membership to provide input to the department on the development of a revised Medi-Cal telehealth policy that promotes specified principles and by December 2024, to complete an evaluation to assess the benefits of telehealth in Medi-Cal, including an analysis of improved access for patients, changes in health quality outcomes and utilization, and best practices for the right mix of in-person visits and telehealth. CAPH is a co-sponsor of the bill, and submitted a letter of support.
SB 4 (Gonzalez: Communications: California Advanced Services Fund) This bill requires the Governors Office of Business and Economic Development to coordinate with other relevant state and local agencies and national organizations to explore ways to facilitate streamlining of local land use approvals and construction permit processes for projects related to broadband infrastructure deployment and connectivity. CAPH submitted a letter of support for this bill.
SB 56 (Durazo: Medi-Cal: Eligibility) This bill extends eligibility for full-scope Medi-Cal benefits to individuals who are a certain age or older, and who are otherwise eligible for those benefits but for their immigration status. CAPH submitted a letter of support for this bill.
SB 316 (Eggman: Medi-Cal: Federally Qualified Health Centers) This bill authorizes reimbursement, under the Medi-Cal program, for a maximum of 2 visits taking place on the same day at a single location if after the first visit the patient suffers illness or injury requiring additional diagnosis or treatment, or if the patient has a medical visit and a mental health visit or a dental visit, as defined. CAPH is a co-sponsor of the bill, and submitted a letter of support.
SB 365 (Caballero: E-Consult Services) This bill makes electronic consultation services reimbursable under the Medi-Cal program for enrolled providers, including FQHCs or RHCs, and would require the department to develop a reimbursement policy for those services that, at a minimum, and with respect to primary care providers, is consistent with the Medicare program coverage policy. CAPH submitted a letter of support for this bill.