Healthcare

Legislation

State bills about Medi-Cal and Other Health Related Programs

 

SB 66 - Medi-Cal: federally qualified health center and rural health clinic services.
DRC Support

SB 66 eliminates a harmful barrier to accessing mental health services by allowing community health centers to bill Medi-Cal for mental health services and other medical services on the same day. It is common for a patient to be seen in a primary care clinic for a non-mental health related service and receive a referral for a mental health service, which cannot be made because of the billing requirement.

SB 66 Position Letter (pdf)
SB 66 Position Letter (rtf)

 

AB 316 - Medi-Cal: benefits: beneficiaries with special dental care needs
DRC Support

AB 316 is an extremely important bill for people with disabilities. By providing an adjustment to supplement the payment a treating provider receives, the bill will make dental care more accessible.

AB 316 Position Letter (pdf)
AB 316 Position Letter (rtf)

 

AB 781 - Medi-Cal: family respite care
DRC Support

AB 781 makes a small but important change to pediatric day healthcare services. People with disabilities cannot keep their care needs in accord with a clock. This bill will allow care at any time of day provided authorized hours are not exceeded, so the bill should have minimal to no cost.

AB 781 Position Letter (pdf)
AB 781 Position Letter (rtf)

 

AB 506 - Long-term health facilities
DRC Support

AB 506 establishes consistency and conformity in the law by providing a more accurate, updated “causation” definition in determining if a long-term health care facility is responsible for a resident’s death, and increases the penalty amounts for facility violations, building off recommendations from the 2018 State Audit report.

AB 506 Position Letter (pdf)
AB 506 Position Letter (rtf)

 

SB 512 - Long-term services and supports
DRC Support and Sponsor

California currently has almost 8 million persons who are either older adults or persons with mobility, sensory, intellectual/developmental, and/or mental health disabilities. This population will grow significantly over the next decade. Long Term Supportive Services (LTSS) are not covered adequately by Medicare, and most Californians cannot afford to purchase private long-term care insurance.

SB 512 Position Letter (pdf)
SB 512 Position Letter (rtf)

 

AB 241 - Implicit bias: continuing education: requirements
DRC Support

This bill, by January 1, 2022, would require the curriculum for continuing education for a physician and surgeon to include specified instruction the understanding of implicit bias in medical treatment.

AB 241 Position Letter (pdf)
AB 241 Position Letter (rtf)

 

AB 1695 - Skilled nursing facilities
DRC Support

Lack of transparency in nursing home ownership can negatively impact the care and well-being of residents. Abrupt changes may disrupt established routines relied on by residents.

AB 1695 Position Letter (pdf)
AB 1695 Position Letter (rtf)

 

SB 214 - Medi-Cal: California Community Transitions program
DRC Support and Sponsor

SB 214 assures continuation of the successful California Community Transitions Program (CCT), which has assisted more than 3,500 individuals in moving out of a nursing home and into their own home or other community setting.

SB 214 Position Letter (pdf)
SB 214 Position Letter (rtf)

 

SB 512 - Long-term services and supports
DRC Support and Sponsor

California needs a new LTSS financing program that provides flexible benefits responsive to each person’s unique needs. This program would preserve dignity, choice, and intentionality for individuals and families with service and support needs, and be linked to a new, sustainable funding source.

SB 512 Position Letter (pdf)
SB 512 Position Letter (rtf)

 

Support for SB 512, the California Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS) Benefit Legislation and Request for Funding for Actuarial Study relating to LTSS in FY 19-20 state budget

On behalf of Disability Rights California, I am writing in support of SB 512 that would create a new long-term services and supports (LTSS) benefit program for California residents. Additionally, I am writing in support of the allocation of $1 million dollars from the General Fund to fund a feasibility study and actuarial analysis relating to the creation of the LTSS program.

SB 512 and the Budget Request for the LTSS Actuarial Study (pdf)
SB 512 and the Budget Request for the LTSS Actuarial Study (rtf)

 

Request for Funding for Actuarial Study relating to Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS) in FY 19-20 state budget

On behalf of Disability Rights California, I am writing in support of the allocation of $1 million dollars from the General Fund to fund a feasibility study and actuarial analysis relating to the creation of a new long-term services and supports (LTSS) financing program that could meet the needs of California’s growing population of older adults and people living with disabilities.

Budget Assembly Speaker Letter (pdf)
Budget Assembly Speaker Letter (rtf)