August 25, 2017 Edition

Legislature Returns to Sacramento from Summer Recess

After a month-long summer recess, the Legislature returned to Sacramento this week to power through the remaining four weeks of the first year of the legislative session. This week featured lengthy agendas in both the Senate and Assembly Appropriations Committees as next Friday is the deadline for fiscal committees to meet and report all fiscal bills. Many items have been placed on the suspense file for hearings next week where bills will meet their fate as the session begins to wind down.

Below, we highlight several bills of interest to members. This week’s full CHEAC Bill Chart is available here.

Local Health Department Administration

AB 1250 (Jones-Sawyer) as amended on 6/21/2017 – Oppose

AB 1250 by Assembly Member Reginald Jones-Sawyer, Sr., was scheduled to be heard in the Senate Appropriations Committee. The author waived presentation as the bill was placed on the suspense file; however the chair allowed public comment. The measure would place onerous requirements on county contracting, including many of the contracts into which local health departments enter for vital public health services.

The Department of Finance released an analysis on AB 1250 this week, coming out in opposition to the measure.  CHEAC remains opposed to this bill and is a part of a large opposition coalition led by the California State Association of Counties (CSAC). A large media campaign has been launched, including a website, and hundreds of organizations continue to work to prevent this measure from moving forward. AB 1250 will be heard on suspense file next Friday, September 1 in the Senate Appropriations Committee.

AB 1603 (Ridley-Thomas) as amended on 8/24/2017 – Oppose

AB 1603 by Assembly Member Sebastian Ridley-Thomas revises the definition of “public employee” and would authorize collective bargaining for temporary employees without consent by the public employer or temporary agency. The bill was amended yesterday to narrow the scope to focus on those jointly employed by a public agency and another employer to work at a clinic or hospital operated to provide medical education, a non-profit or community clinic, and a county hospital.

CHEAC has taken an oppose position on the measure, along with CSAC, the California Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems (CAPH), the County Behavioral Health Directors Association of California (CBHDA), and the Urban Counties of California (UCC). Though set to be heard in Senate Appropriations Committee on Monday, we are hearing it may head directly to the Senate Floor. CHEAC will provide a legislative alert as the bill advances.

Health Coverage

AB 340 (Arambula) as revised on 3/20/2017 – Support

Assembly Member Joaquin Arambula’s AB 340 was placed on the suspense file in the Senate Appropriations Committee this week. The measure would require that any Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment (EPSDT) screen include screening for trauma. With an increased interest in understanding the impacts of adverse childhood events (ACEs) and childhood trauma on the communities we serve, CHEAC is supporting the bill, along with the County Welfare Directors Association (CWDA), the Health Officers Association of California (HOAC), and the California Behavioral Health Directors Association (CBHDA). AB 340 will be heard on suspense file in the Senate Appropriations Committee next Friday, September 1.

Health Equity

SB 138 (McGuire) as amended on 7/18/2017 – Support

SB 138 by Senator Mike McGuire was placed on the Assembly Appropriations Committee suspense file this week. The measure would require local education agencies participating in the federal school meal program to implement a system to directly certify students eligible for free or reduced price school meals using Medi-Cal participation data. SB 138 also requires high poverty schools to apply to operate a universal meal service program which allows schools to provide free breakfast and lunch to students without their families having to apply. CHEAC, along with CWDA and HOAC support this measure. SB 138 will be heard on suspense file in the Assembly Appropriations Committee next Friday, September 1.

Cannabis

AB 175 (Chau) as amended on 7/19/2017 – Support

Assembly Member Ed Chau’s AB 175 was set to be heard in the Senate Appropriations Committee this week where it was placed on the suspense file. The measure would require adult use cannabis manufacturers, prior to releasing cannabis-infused edible products, to receive approval from CDPH, including submitting their packaging and labeling to the Department. CHEAC supports this measure as a way to prevent accidental ingestion of cannabis products by children in California. The measure will be heard on the Senate Appropriations Committee suspense file next Friday, September 1.


Speaker Rendon Forms Select Committee on Universal Health Care

On Thursday this week, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon announced the formation of the Assembly Select Committee on Health Care Delivery Systems and Universal Coverage to develop plans for achieving universal health care in California. The select committee will be chaired by Assembly Members Dr. Joaquin Arambula and Dr. Jim Wood and will hold ongoing hearings in the legislative interim this fall.

Recall SB 562 (Lara) would establish the Health California program to provide universal health coverage to all Californians. The measure was passed out of the Senate earlier this summer, but was shelved by Speaker Rendon prior to being assigned to a committee as he declared the measure “woefully incomplete” for its lack of details around financing, delivery, and implementation. After facing intense pressure from various groups in California, Rendon declared it is now time for the Legislature to closely study the current state of health care delivery systems and determine the best route forward in establishing universal health care. Rendon’s statement is available here. The select committee’s roster is available here.


CDPH Releases Proposition 56 Oral Health Program Guidelines

This week, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) released the 2017-2022 Program Guidelines for Local Health Jurisdiction Local Oral Health Programs Grant Application. The guidelines provide information on the purpose and background of the program, key action dates, required objectives and deliverables, application and program requirements, and instructions for completing required documents. The due date for grant applications has been extended to September 20, 2017. Supplemental documents (detailed work plan, budget, and budget justification) are due October 4, 2017. Members are encouraged to access all program materials and guidelines directly from the email sent to LHDs from CDPH this week; if you have not received this email, please contact us at admin@cheac.org.

The CDPH Oral Health Program will be holding two webinars to discuss the guidelines and answer questions about the submission process and deadlines. Please note both webinars will repeat information; feel free to select the date and time that works best for you. The webinar will be held on the following dates:

August 30, 2017 from 10:00 am – 11:30 am (PST)

August 31, 2017 from 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm (PST)

You may register for the webinar here. For additional information or questions on the Proposition 56 Local Oral Health Program, please contact CDPH at dentaldirector@cdph.ca.gov.


SNI to hold Population Health Management Webinar on September 6

The California Health Care Safety Net Institute (SNI) and All In: Data for Community Health will be holding a webinar on Master Person Indexes (MPIs) on Wednesday, September 6 from 10:00 am-11:00 am PST. MPIs help maintain consistent, accurate data across various health care and community organizations, making them a powerful tool for population health management. The webinar will feature experts from two communities who will share considerations for using and developing MPIs and discuss methodologies and tools for implementing an overall MPI strategy. LHD data analysts and Whole Person Care Pilot Program leads are encouraged to attend. Registration for the webinar is available here.


Public Health Advocates to Hold Statewide Diabetes Conference in November

Public Health Advocates, a statewide public health advocacy organization, is hosting a conference entitled Building Health Equity: Linking Community-Based Diabetes Prevention & Clinical Treatment in Sacramento on Tuesday, November 14, from 9:30 am – 4:00 pm.  Conference topics include Diabetes & Health Equity and Coalition Building – Bridging the Prevention/Treatment Divide.  For more information and to register, visit here.