Sponsored Legislation

Updated October 24, 2016


AB 1863 by Assemblymember Jim Wood

Improving Access to Behavioral Health Services

Status:  Signed into law by Governor Brown. 

AB 1863 will increase Californians’ access to culturally appropriate behavioral health services by permitting Marriage and Family Therapists (MFT) services at an FQHC or RHC to be reimbursed on a per-visit basis, just as services provided by other mental health professionals are reimbursed. CPCA is co-sponsoring this legislation with the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.

 

AB 2048 by Assemblymember Adam Gray

Addressing California’s Primary Care Provider Shortage

Status: Signed into law by Governor Brown. 

AB 2048 will support community health centers ability to recruit and retain providers by strengthening the State Loan Repayment Programs, a loan repayment program that, parallel to the National Health Service Corp, requires service to underserved communities. CPCA is co-sponsoring this bill with the Central Valley Health Network (CVHN).

 

AB 2053 by Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez

Licensed Health Center Expansion and Consolidation Act

Status:  Signed into law by Governor Brown. 

AB 2053 by Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez (San Diego) will help community health centers to meet patients’ increased needs by allowing them to expand their health center to new facilities that are next door, down the street, or a bus ride away. Currently, every facility must be independently licensed regardless of proximity to each other or how they coordinate patient care.

 

AB 2216 by Assemblymember Rob Bonta

Addressing California’s Primary Care Provider Shortage

Status: Held in Appropriations. Did not advance. 

AB 2216 will support community health centers ability to educate and train providers in California. California currently faces a primary care workforce crisis that undermines health centers’ ability to meet the needs of the local community and puts the health of our most vulnerable populations at risk.

 

AB 2589 by Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez

Lactation Support for California Moms 

Status: Held in Appropriations. Did not advance. 

AB 2589 will empower California moms to breastfeed their babies by streamlining the enrollment process for the WIC Program, create new metrics to track breastfeeding rates and health outcomes, and require the state to regularly review their equipment standards and reimbursement rates. CPCA is co-sponsoring this legislation with the California Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Association.

 

AB 2782 by Assemblymember Richard Bloom

Healthy California Fund: For our Families and Children

Status: Withdrawn from consideration by the author. Did not advance. 

Assembly Bill 2782 seeks to address Type 2 diabetes, dental disease, heart disease, stroke – debilitating epidemics in California - by creating a dedicated revenue source for prevention and care. The Healthy California Fund will be funded through a two cent per fluid ounce health impact fee on sugar sweetened beverages. CPCA is a proud member of the Coalition for a Healthy California who is sponsoring this legislation.

 

SB 1335 by Senator Holly Mitchell

Improving Access to Behavioral Health Services

Status: Moved to inactive file. Did not advance. 

Senate Bill 1335 by Senator Holly Mitchell (Los Angeles) will improve Californians’ access to Substance Use Disorder treatment by eliminating a barrier which prevents community health centers from participating in the Drug Medi-Cal and Specialty Mental Health programs. Specifically, it would allow Federally Qualified Health Centers to contract with their counties for these services and be reimbursed on par with other health care providers. CPCA is co-sponsoring this bill with the Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County (CCALAC) and Los Angeles County.