PPAC is excited to announce that five of its priority bills have already been signed by Governor Jerry Brown and only one priority bill was vetoed.
Bills Signed into law
These bills are critical to increasing health care access and we thank our supporters and partners around the state for all their hard work in advocating for these measures. We thank the Governor for understanding how vital these bills are to Planned Parenthood health centers across the state. The freshly signed bills are:
- SB 1053 by Senator Holly Mitchell will ensure that women gain increased access to the full range of contraceptive methods approved by the FDA.
- AB 1841 by Assemblymember Kevin Mullin will permit Medical Asistants to hand over pre-packaged and pre-labeled medication, allowing health center nurses and doctors to meet with more patients, reduce wait times, and increase access to care.
- AB 1755 by Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez will improve California’s patient notification requirements for breaches of medical information, which is critical in the safety net settings that serve the increasing Medi-Cal population and the remaining uninsured.
- AB 2051 by Assemblymembers Lorena Gonzalez and Raul Bocanegra will streamline the enrollment process for health centers that serve people on Medi-Cal health insurance, thereby allowing new health centers to open their doors more quickly and begin providing needed health care services to the individuals and families in their communities.
- AB 809 by Assemblymember Dan Logue will expand the use of telehealth throughout the health care delivery system, ensuring patients access to telehealth care from their smart phones and computers.
Governor Brown vetoed SB 1094, which would have provided additional time for the Attorney General to review hospital mergers and affiliations and enforcement tools to make sure the conditions set in the merger are adhered to. This bill would have helped protect reproductive health services and continued health care access in communities that experience the merger of local hospitals.
While we’re disappointed with the veto of SB 1094, we appreciate the fact that the governor in his veto message did not close the door on the notion of granting additional enforcement powers to the AG in the future. Hospital mergers will continue to raise issues around access to care for underserved communities, and especially for women’s reproductive health care, and we will continue working to ensure unfettered access to our communities.