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Published: September 12, 2020

Seven CAFP-Supported Bills Await Governor's Action

Seven CAFP-supported bills have reached the Governor’s desk. If you want to support any of these bills, please help push them over the finish line by asking the Governor to sign:

AB 732 (Bonta) – requires jails and prisons to offer inmates who are possibly pregnant or capable of becoming pregnant a pregnancy test, or medical treatment and services for inmates who are pregnant.
AB 1196 (Gipson) – prohibits law enforcement agencies from authorizing carotid restraint holds and choke holds.
AB 2054 (Kamlager) – establishes the Community Response Initiative to Strengthen Emergency Systems (C.R.I.S.E.S.) Act pilot grant program to test methods to ensure those who are likely to face disproportionate police contact (young people of color, people with disabilities, gender nonconforming, formerly incarcerated, immigrants, or the unhoused) have ready access to quality emergency services from professionals trained to deescalate crises, reduce reactive violence, and send vital services to people who have a difficulty accessing critically needed emergency services.
AB 2164 (Rivas, Robert) – allows a "visit" for the purposes of Medi-Cal payment to a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) or Rural Health Center (RHC) to include a visit using telehealth through synchronous interaction (face-to-face over video) or asynchronous store-and-forward (the sending of images such as x-rays to a health care provider). It also allows FQHCs and RHCs to establish a patient through synchronous interaction or asynchronous store-and-forward. The bill will sunset 180 days after the state of emergency for the COVID-19 pandemic has been terminated.
AB 2360 (Maienschein) – requires health plans, by July 1, 2021, to provide access to a telehealth consultation program for children, pregnant individuals, and individuals up to one year postpartum. It also requires health plans to inform beneficiaries about the telehealth program at least twice a year in writing.
SB 406 (Pan) – among other broad provisions, delinks two Affordable Care Act (ACA) requirements on health plans from federal law to ensure they continue in California even if the ACA is eliminated. The first requires preventive services to be offered without any cost sharing. The second prohibits health plans from putting annual or lifetime dollar limits on most benefits.
SB 852 (Pan) – requires the California Health and Human Services Agency to enter into partnerships to increase competition, lower prices, and address shortages in the market for generic prescription drugs; reduce the cost of prescription drugs for public and private purchasers, taxpayers, and consumers; and to increase patient access to affordable drugs.

 

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