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of its additional physical plant. Allows an FQHC or RHC adding a new licensed location to its primary care license to elect to have the reimbursement rate for the new location established in accordance with the standard PPS methodology, or to have one PPS rate for all its locations.

AB 2983 (Arambula) – Health care facilities: voluntary psychiatric care CMA Position: Support

SB 1397 (Hill) – Automated external defibrillators: requirement: modifications to existing buildings CMA Position: Support Applies the automated external defibrillator (AED) requirements to certain structures that are constructed prior to January 1, 2017, and subject to subsequent modifications, renovations, or tenant improvements, as specified.

Prohibits a general acute care hospital or an acute psychiatric hospital from requiring a person who voluntarily seeks care to be in custody as a danger to himself or herself or others or gravely disabled as a condition of accepting a transfer of that person after his or her written consent for treatment and transfer is documented or in the absence of evidence of probable cause for detention.


SB 1152 (Hernandez) – Hospital patient discharge process: homeless patients

SB 1008 (Skinner) – Health insurance: dental services: reporting and disclosures

CMA Position: Oppose Unless Amended

CMA Position: Support

Requires each hospital to include a written homeless patient discharge planning policy and process within the hospital discharge policy. Among other requirements, the policy shall require a hospital to inquire about a patient’s housing status; to connect the patient with available community resources and supportive services; and to identify a post discharge destination for the patient. Requires a hospital to document specified information before discharging a homeless patient, including that the patient has been offered a meal and weather-appropriate clothing. Requires, commencing on July 1, 2019, a hospital to develop a written plan for coordinating services and referrals for homeless patients with the county behavioral health agency, health care and social service agencies in the region, health care providers, and nonprofit social service providers, as available, to assist with ensuring appropriate homeless patient discharge.

Requires a health care service plan or a health insurer that issues, sells, renews, or offers a health care service plan contract or insurance policy that covers dental services in California to utilize a uniform, specified benefits and coverage disclosure matrix. Requires the Department of Managed Health Care and the Department of Insurance to develop the uniform benefits and disclosure matrix in consultation with stakeholders and to implement the bill’s provisions relating to the benefits and coverage disclosure matrix through emergency regulations, as specified.


SB 910 (Hernandez) – Short-term limited duration health insurance Prohibits a health insurer from issuing, selling, renewing, or offering a short-term limited duration health insurance policy, as defined, for health care coverage in California. Makes conforming changes.

SB 1375 (Hernandez) – Health insurance: small employer groups Amends the definition of “eligible employee” for the purpose of determining whether a business is a “small employer” eligible to purchase group coverage by excluding sole proprietors, partners of a partnership, and the spouses of sole proprietors and partners.



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