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2014 Important Legislation to Watch
AB 1755 - Author: Asm. Gomez
This bill will streamline California’s patient notification requirements for breaches of medical information. Better aligning state law with recently strengthened federal law will reduce the administrative burden on community clinics. This is important in the safety net settings that serve the increasing Medi-Cal population and remaining uninsured.
AB 1841 - Author: Asm. Mullin
This bill will expand Medical Assistant (MA) duties to hand over pre-packaged, pre-labeled medications. Allowing MAs to perform this task will increase access to care in Planned Parenthood health centers by reducing wait times caused, in part, by clinicians who must package medications and hand it to the patient.
AB 1805 - Authors: Asm. Skinner and Dr. Pan
This measure will repeal the 10 percent cut in Medi-Cal provider reimbursements. The Medi-Cal program provides health services to California’s poorest and most vulnerable, and these cuts have a big, negative impact on Planned Parenthood health centers and the low-income patients we serve.
AB 2051 - Authors: Asm. Gonzalez and Asm. Bocanegra
This bill will streamline the Medi-Cal enrollment process for primary care clinics in California. This will allow Planned Parenthood health centers to open their doors more quickly and begin providing needed health services to individuals and families.
AB 2111 - Author: Asm. Ammiano
This bill will revise and fund the Cal-SAFE (California School Aged Families Education) Program. Cal-SAFE is a key support program for pregnant and parenting teens that increases the likelihood they will graduate high school and reduces the likelihood of a repeat pregnancy.
SB 899 - Author: Sen. Mitchell
SB 899 will repeal California’s policy of denying financial support to babies born while their families are receiving CalWORKs grants. This legislation will protect a newborn’s health and safety while prohibiting the state from inserting itself into the private reproductive and medical decisions of low-income women and families.
SB 1005 - Author: Sen. Lara
The Health Care For All Act would extend access to health coverage for all Californians, regardless of immigration status. California has made great strides in expanding health care coverage, but we can only have a truly healthy state when everyone is included.
SB 1053 - Author: Sen. Mitchell
This bill would require a health insurance plan to cover all FDA approved contraceptive drugs, devices, and products. While many women now have access to no-cost birth control, others have cost sharing for certain contraceptive methods or are denied coverage. Birth control is preventive and insurance related denials or delays in access to a chosen method increases the risk of unintended pregnancy and undermines the intent of the contraceptive coverage requirement.
SB 1094 - Author: Sen. Lara
SB 1094 would strengthen the Attorney General’s authority over hospital mergers in California. This is increasingly important as Catholic hospitals merge with non-religious hospitals, reducing access to reproductive health care services like emergency contraception, vasectomies, and abortion services.
2013 Legislation Victories
October 9, 2013: Governor Brown signs Assembly Bill 154 and Assembly Bill 980
About AB 154 (Atkins): Today, women in rural areas may need to travel for several hours to reach an abortion provider. Clinics in urban communities are overburdened, often requiring long waits. By expanding the types of health professionals who can provide early abortions, AB 154 bill helps women obtain the care they need in their own communities from healthcare providers they know and trust.
About AB 980 (Pan): This bill creates equality by preventing abortion providers from being targeted with unnecessary regulations and requires all primary care clinics to be held to the same standards. Today we are seeing other states severely limit access to reproductive healthcare. AB 980 gives California the opportunity to ensure equality among primary care clinics, instead of allowing unnecessary regulations targeting abortion providers that limit access to quality care.
2012 Legislation Victories
Assembly Bill 2348 (Mitchell) increases timely access to birth control in California by authorizing registered nurses (RNs) to dispense hormonal contraceptives such as the pill, patch and ring under a standardized procedure. As of January 1, 2013, women will not have to wait to see a doctor or advanced clinician to get birth control. Instead, RNs will be able to provide hormonal birth control to patients after taking a routine health assessment.
Senate Bill 623 (Kehoe) will allow the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), to continue evaluating the safety, effectiveness and satisfaction rates of early abortions performed by nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives, and physician assistants under a statewide pilot project.
Supporters of AB 2348 include Planned Parenthood, the California Family Health Council, American Nurses Association- California, and Physicians for Reproductive Choice. Supporters of SB 623 include the American Civil Liberties Union of California, Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California, ACCESS Women’s Health Justice, NARAL Pro-Choice California and California Latinas for Reproductive Justice.