2019 – 2020 Legislative Session

CBHN priority bills signed into law:

SB 464 (Mitchell): California Dignity in Pregnancy and Childbirth Act

This law aims to address implicit bias in pregnancy, childbirth, and postnatal care by requiring hospitals and alternative birth centers to implement an implicit bias program for all perinatal providers in those facilities. This law also requires the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) to track and publish data on maternal mortality rates and pregnancy related conditions.

AB 241 (Kamlager-Dove): Implicit Bias: Continuing Education Requirements

This law requires the continuing education courses for physicians and surgeons, nurses, and physician assistants to include the understanding of implicit bias and the promotion of bias-reducing strategies.

AB 732 (Bonta): County Jails: Incarcerated Pregnant Persons

This law requires jails and prisons to offer inmates who are possibly pregnant or capable of becoming pregnant a pregnancy test and requires specified medical treatment and services for county jail and state prison inmates who are pregnant.

AB 2276 (Salas): Childhood lead poisoning: Screening and Prevention

This law will increase blood lead screening testing for vulnerable children by requiring Medi-Cal managed care plans to identify every child without a record of completing the blood lead screening tests and will remind health care providers of those children of the requirement to perform blood lead screening tests.

AB 890 (Wood): Nurse Practitioners: Scope of Practice

This law will increase access to healthcare by authorizing a Nurse Practitioner (NP) to provide specified services in specified settings, without physician supervision.

SB 1237 (Dodd): Nurse Midwives: Scope of Practice

This law will increase access to maternal health care and improve health outcomes by removing physician supervision requirements from California’s Certified Nurse Midwives (CNM’s).

SB 932 (Wiener): Communicable Diseases: Data Collection

This law improves health equity by requiring healthcare providers to collect and report voluntarily provided sexual orientation and gender identity data for all reportable diseases, including COVID-19.

SB 855 (Wiener): Mental Health Parity

This law strengthens the California Parity Act to require that insurers cover medically necessary treatment for all mental health and substance use disorders (MH/SUD) to ensure individuals receive the comprehensive care they need to treat their underlying conditions.

AB 1494 (Aguiar/Curry): Medi-Cal: Telehealth: State of Emergency

This law requires Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) services provided outside of the four walls to be Medi-Cal reimbursable during the COVID-19 pandemic.

AB 577 (Eggman): Health Care Coverage: Maternal Mental Health

This law extends postpartum care in Medi-Cal for a diagnosed mental illness, such as postpartum depression, from 60 days to up to one year for those who qualify for Medi-Cal.

AB 1377 (Wicks): CalFresh

This law requires the implementation of a statewide strategy to increase CalFresh enrollment.