CAFP Priority Bills Signed by Governor

The Governor recently signed CAFP’s sponsored bill, AB 1622 (Carrillo), which fixes outdated laws that prevented family physicians from receiving recognition for the true value and diversity of care they can provide. Below is the full list of other CAFP-supported bills signed into law.

  • AB 149 (Cooper) – After significant pushback by the physician community, including family physicians who organized action using CAFP’s members-only message board (SPARK), AB 149 (Cooper) was introduced to delay a provision in a recently passed law (AB 1753) that would force physicians to replace all of their prescription pads. AB 1753 required that all prescription forms for controlled substances include a uniquely serialized number, but did not include a transition period to allow time for prescribers to order new prescription pads. This meant that old prescription forms were not valid on January 1, 2019, which resulted in difficulties for patients trying to get prescriptions filled for controlled substances. AB 149 allows for a transition period, until January 1, 2021, making current pads valid until that time.
  • AB 528 (Low) – Reduces several administrative burdens required of physicians in operating the CURES database.
  • AB 577 (Eggman) – Requires health plans provide continuity of care for pregnant women to up to 12 months from the diagnosis or from the end of pregnancy, whichever occurs later, if the woman provides written documentation of a maternal mental health condition from her provider.
  • AB 714 (Wood) – This new law clarifies when offering naloxone is required of prescribers. It was authored in response to concerns raised by CAFP and others in the physician community regarding provisions contained in AB 2760, signed by Governor Brown in 2018, which requires prescribers to offer a prescription for naloxone or its equivalent when certain conditions are present. AB 714 also exempts the concurrent patient education requirement if the patient receiving the prescription declines the education or has received the education within the past 24 months.
  • AB 744 (Aguiar-Curry) – Requires a health plan to pay for a diagnosis, consultation or treatment delivered through telehealth services on the same basis as in-person diagnosis, consultation or treatment.
  • AB 1088 (Wood) – ensures an aged, blind or disabled individual who would otherwise be eligible for Medi-Cal, would not have a share of cost if their income and resources otherwise meet the eligibility requirements.
  • AB 1309 (Bauer-Kahan) – Gives consumers additional time to sign up for health coverage by expanding the individual health benefit plan enrollment period to November 1 through January 31.
  • AB 1642 (Wood) – Requires the information compiled by the external quality review organization that monitors Medi-Cal Managed Care organizations include the extent to which each Medi-Cal managed care plan uses clinically appropriate telecommunications technology to meet established time and distance standards.
  • AB 1669 (Bonta) – Requires ammunition sales at gun shows and events in California be regulated with the same rigor as firearms.
  • SB 8 (Glazer) – Makes it an infraction for a person to smoke on a state coastal beach or in a state park.
  • SB 24 (Leyva) – Makes abortion by medication technique available at public university student health centers.
  • SB 39 (Hill) – Requires a tobacco product to be delivered only in a container that is conspicuously labeled as being tobacco, and requires the signature of a person 21 years of age or older to receive it
  • SB 129 (Pan) – Expands the reporting requirements on health plans to include the number of enrollees covered by multiple employee welfare arrangements (MEWAs), ensuring that ALL persons covered by a health plan are accounted for and will be taken into consideration when determining network adequacy.
  • SB 142 (Wiener) – Adds additional requirements on employers to create a safe and comfortable space for lactation accommodations, including providing a lactation room or location that has access to a sink and refrigerator in close proximity to the employee’s workspace.
  • SB 159 (Wiener) – Authorizes a pharmacist, after completing a training program, to furnish preexposure and postexposure prophylaxis to a patient.
  • SB 172 (Portantino) – Requires a person who is 18 years of age or older to store his or her firearm, even if borrowed, in a gun safe or by using a firearm safety device when outside of his or her residence.
  • SB 276 (Pan) – Strengthens vaccine medical exemption oversight – see the Legislative Session Update for a description.
  • SB 464 (Mitchell) – Requires hospitals and alternative birth centers to implement an implicit bias program for all health care providers involved in the perinatal care of patients within those facilities, including an initial basic training through the implicit bias program and a refresher course every two years thereafter.
  • SB 697 (Caballero) – This bill originally would have allowed for independent practice for Physician Assistants (PAs). CAFP and others in opposition worked with the author and sponsors of the bill to amend it to allow PAs to have equivalency with Nurse Practitioners.

 

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