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.
For the 2019 legislative session, October 13 was the last day for the Governor to sign or veto bills. Below is the final status of several high priority bills that CAPH tracked this session.
AB 1494 (Aguila-Curry) MediCal: Telehealth: State of Emergency
AB 1494 provides that neither face-to-face contact nor a patient’s physical presence on the premises of an enrolled community clinic is required for services provided by the clinic to a Medi-Cal beneficiary during or immediately following a state of emergency. CAPH secured an amendment to expand the definition so that public health care system clinics were included, and submitted a request for signature letter to the Governor. AB 1494 was signed into law by the Governor.
ACA 14 (Gonzalez) University of California: support services, equal employment opportunity standards
ACA 14 would have enacted the University of California Equal Employment Opportunity Standards Act. This measure would have ensured that all contract workers are subject to and afforded the same equal employment opportunity standards as university employees performing similar services, and would have thereby significantly restricted the use of contract workers across the UC system. ACA 14 failed to pass out of the Senate before the Legislature adjourned.
SB 10 (Beall) Peer Supports
SB 10 would have required DHCS to establish a statewide peer support specialist certification program as a part of the State’s comprehensive mental health and substance use disorder delivery system and the Medi-Cal program. CAPH was supportive of this bill and submitted a request for signature letter to the Governor. Unfortunately, SB 10 was vetoed by the Governor.
SB 29 (Durazo) Medi-Cal: Eligibility
SB 29 extends full-scope Medi-Cal eligibility to undocumented adults to ages 65 and older who, except for their immigration status, are otherwise eligible for those benefits. SB 29 was made into a two-year bill to allow for continued discussions with the Administration to address coverage of older adults next year. CAPH continues to support this effort.
SB 66 (Atkins) FQHC Same Day Billing
SB 66 authorizes reimbursement to providers for a maximum of two visits taking place at a FQHC or rural health clinic on the same day at a single location if the patient has a medical visit and a mental health visit or a dental visit. CAPH cosponsored SB 66, which was made into a two-year bill to allow for continued discussion with the Administration.