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CAFP-Supported Legislation Signed by the Governor

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CAFP thanks all of our Key Contacts for their work through the 2015-16 Legislation Session to help pass these important CAFP-supported bills, which Governor Jerry Brown recently signed into law.

 

  • Governor Jerry Brown signed the 2016-17 State Budget, a more than $122 billion spending plan that includes a provision allocating $100 million to support primary care residency programs allocated over three years (roughly $33 million a year). The appropriation (of which roughly $80 million will go to the Song-Brown Workforce Training Program) is contingent upon the renewal of the Hospital Quality Assurance Fee. This fee was created six years ago to draw down federal funds for hospital Medi-Cal expenditures. It was renewed as part of the State Budget, but still requires federal approval.
     
  • AB 635 (Atkins) requires the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) to conduct a study to identify current requirements for medical interpretation services and establish a pilot project in up to four separate sites to evaluate a mechanism to provide and improve medical interpretation services for limited-English proficient Medi-Cal beneficiaries.
     
  • AB 1695 (Bonta) requires timelier reporting of lost or stolen firearms.
     
  • AB 1696 (Holden) requires Medi-Cal tobacco cessation services to include all intervention recommendations assigned a grade A or B by the United States Preventive Services Task Force, including at least four tobacco cessation counseling sessions per quit attempt and a tobacco cessation medication regimen.
     
  • AB 1795 (Atkins) ensures low-income women in California who are uninsured or underinsured can complete necessary treatment for breast and cervical cancer without an arbitrary deadline to cut-off that critical treatment. It ensures patients in remission for breast and cervical cancer who are later re-diagnosed with the same cancer are not turned away for treatment and permits individuals who are symptomatic for breast cancer to receive necessary breast cancer screening services.
     
  • AB 1863 (Wood) allows federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) and Rural Health Clinics to bill Medi-Cal for patient face-to-face appointments with marriage and family therapists (MFTs). Adding MFTs to the list of billable providers will improve access to care by providing clinics with an adequate source of funding for their professionals and will help meet the demand for mental health services. AB 1863 does not change an MFT's scope of practice or any supervising requirements.
     
  • AB 1954 (Burke) establishes the Direct Access to Reproductive Health Care Act, prohibiting health plans from requiring an enrollee to receive a referral prior to receiving coverage or services for reproductive and sexual health care.
     
  • AB 2048 (Gray) requires the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD), in its administration of the National Health Service Corps State Loan Repayment Program, to include all Federal Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) located in California on the program's certified eligible site list. By increasing and automatically including numerous eligible sites in which loan repayment applicants can practice, this new law will improve and streamline participation in the program.
     
  • AB 2394 (Garcia) requires Medi-Cal to cover transportation for a beneficiary to obtain covered Medi-Cal services.
     
  • SB 10 (Lara) requires Covered California to apply to the federal Department of Health and Human Services for a waiver to allow a person who would not otherwise be able to obtain coverage based on his or her immigration status to purchase coverage from Covered California. This new law will allow California’s more than 390,000 undocumented immigrants who earn an income too high to qualify for Medi-Cal to purchase health insurance through Covered California with their own money, as they will not be eligible for subsidies. While affordability may continue to be a barrier, this new law will be of particular help to families with mixed immigration status.
     
  • SB 877 (Pan) requires the State Department of Public Health to establish and maintain the California Electronic Violent Death Reporting System (CalEVDRS) to collect data on violent deaths. In 1975 a national database tracking detailed information on car deaths in the nation helped decrease and prevent car fatalities. SB 877 will operate similar to this, allowing research on how best to prevent violent deaths.
     
  • SB 880 (Hall and Glazer) amends the definition of assault weapon to include semi-automatic rifles with magazines that can be detached with a button.
     
  • SB 999 (Pavley), authorizing a pharmacist to dispense a 12-month supply of United States Food and Drug Administration-approved, self-administered hormonal contraceptives and requiring insurance to cover the cost.
     
  • SB 1139 (Lara) helps to increase the number of physicians and health care workers in medically underserved areas by ensuring that all individuals who wish to pursue a medical profession may compete for scholarships and loan repayments regardless of immigration status.
     
  • SB 1177 (Galgiani) authorizes the Medical Board of California (MBC) to establish a Physician and Surgeon Health and Wellness Program (PHWP) for the early identification and appropriate interventions to support a licensee in his or her rehabilitation from substance abuse. The new law authorizes MBC to contract with an independent entity to administer the PHWP.
     
  • SB 1235 (De León) creates a new regulatory framework for purchasing and selling ammunition.
     
  • SB 1446 (Hancock) bans possession of high-capacity magazines holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition.
     
  • ABX2-7 (Stone) expands tobacco-free-workplace rules.
     
  • ABX2-9 (Thurmond) broaden California’s tobacco-free school laws to cover all school property at all times.
     
  • ABX2-11 (Nazarian) increases the licensing fees for distributing and selling tobacco products.
     
  • SBX2-5 (Leno) require electronic cigarettes to be regulated under the same rules as tobacco products.
     
  • SBX2-7 (Hernandez) raises the age at which Californians can legally purchase tobacco products from 18 to 21.