Legislature Reaches House of Origin Deadline, Policy Committees to Resume Hearings Next Week
Today marks the deadline for the California Legislature to pass bills out of their house of origin. Both the Senate and Assembly this week were in floor sessions only, maintaining a steady pace of floor debate and votes each day. Measures passed out of their house of origin will now be considered through the committee hearing process in the opposite house beginning next week.
Below, we highlight several actions of interest from this week. The full CHEAC Weekly Bill Chart is available here.
Drug & Alcohol Services
AB 1031 (Nazarian) as amended May 16, 2019 – SUPPORT
Assembly Member Adrin Nazarian’s AB 1031 was advanced from the Assembly to the Senate on Tuesday on a 74-0 vote with six members not voting. The measure would direct the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS), in collaboration with counties and SUD service providers, to establish regulations regarding community-based nonresidential and residential treatment and recovery programs for youth under 21 years of age.
Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
AB 1544 (Gipson) as amended May 16, 2019 – OPPOSE UNLESS AMENDED
Assembly Member Mike Gipson’s AB 1544 was advanced from the Assembly to the Senate on Wednesday on a 68-3 vote with nine members not voting. AB 1544 would allow local emergency medical services agencies (LEMSAs) to develop local community paramedicine programs and would require LEMSAs to use or establish local emergency medical care committees (EMCCs). The measure also establishes the Community Paramedicine Medical Oversight Committee to advise the EMS Authority on and to approve minimum medical protocols for all community paramedicine programs, among other activities. CHEAC, along with CSAC, UCC, RCRC, EMSAAC, and EMDAC, is in an oppose unless amended position on the measure.
Health Coverage/Health Care Reform
AB 50 (Kalra) as amended April 25, 2019 – SUPPORT
AB 50 by Assembly Member Ash Kalra was passed by the Assembly on Tuesday on a 76-0 vote with four members not voting. The measure would require the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) to submit to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) an amendment request to expand the Assisted Living Waiver (ALW) program in California. The measure now heads to the Senate.
AB 414 (Bonta) as amended May 17, 2019 – SUPPORT
Assembly Member Rob Bonta’s AB 414 would establish a state-level individual health insurance coverage mandate in California and require Covered California to determine a financial penalty for not obtaining health insurance. Penalty revenue would be directed toward improving the affordability of health coverage in California. AB 414 was passed on Wednesday from the Assembly to the Senate on a 55-18 vote with seven members not voting.
SB 175 (Pan) as amended April 3, 2019 – SUPPORT
Similar to AB 414, SB 175 by Senator Richard Pan would also establish a state-level individual health insurance coverage mandate with financial penalties for not obtaining health insurance. Penalty revenues would be directed to the Health Care Coverage Penalty Fund and also directed to Covered California operational costs of administering the individual mandate and financial assistance program. SB 175 would further require Covered California to conduct specified annual outreach and enrollment efforts among individuals who do not maintain minimum essential coverage. Senator Pan moved SB 175 to the Senate Inactive File on Wednesday, where the measure will be held until further notice.
AB 4 (Arambula) as amended May 17, 2019 – SUPPORT
AB 4 by Assembly Member Joaquin Arambula would, contingent upon an appropriation by the Legislature in the annual Budget Act or other measure, expand full-scope Medi-Cal to all undocumented adults with an income at or below 138 percent of the federal poverty level (FPL). The measure was passed by the Assembly to the Senate on Tuesday on a 51-17 vote with 12 members not voting.
SB 29 (Durazo) as amended May 21, 2019 – SUPPORT
Similarly, SB 29 by Senator Maria Elena Durazo would, subject to an appropriation by the Legislature, expand full-scope Medi-Cal to all undocumented adults 19-25 years of age those 65 years of age and older with incomes at or below 138 percent FPL. The measure would also expand full-scope Medi-Cal eligibility to individuals beyond 26 years of age in each subsequent year by one year until 65 years of age. SB 29 was passed by the Senate to the Assembly on a 24-11 vote with three members not voting.