CHI’s 2014 state bill positions
CHI announces California state bill positions for 2014
|AB 1559 (Pan): Newborn screening program.This bill would require the State Department of Public Health to expand statewide screening of newborns to include screening for adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD).||AB 1699 (Bloom): Waste management: microplastics.This bill would prohibit the sale of cleaning and personal care products containing microplastics.||2014 California Biomedical Industry Report
|AB 1759 (Pan): Medi-Cal: reimbursement rates.This bill has two major components. First, it extends the reimbursement increase for certain Medi-Cal primary care providers (originally mandated by the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 but set to expire on December 31, 2014) through 2015 and beyond. Second, it requires the Department of Health Care Services to annually review and assess Medi-Cal provider reimbursement rates and their impact on access to care and quality of care.||AB 1893 (Stone): Solid waste.This bill would require sharps manufacturers to provide a container with sharps purchases, establish a specific code for needlestick injuries under the Department of Industrial Relations and require all entities that dispense sharps to provide information about disposal.||Join CHI|
|AB 1771 (V. Manuel Pérez): Telephonic and electronic patient management services.This bill would require insurance companies to reimburse contracted physicians for telehealth services, including telephone or other electronic patient management activities, at the same level and amount as face-to-face patient encounters.||AB 2284 (Williams): Recycling: household batteries.
This bill would impose an extended producer responsibility program on manufacturers of household batteries to fund a take back program.
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|AB 1822 (Bonta): Tissue banks.Under current law, certain entities must apply for a state license if they collect process, store and/or distribute tissue allografts. The regulations are strict and have become burdensome for facilities that only require temporary storage of tissue allografts during surgeries. Instead, many hospitals and ambulatory surgical centers located in California opt out of obtaining a license and instead use costly courier services. With certain restrictions, this bill would allow hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers to retain and store unused tissue allografts without needing a state license.||SB 1014 (Jackson): Pharmaceutical waste: home-generated.This bill would impose an extended producer responsibility program on pharmaceutical manufacturers to fund and operate a take back program.||CHI Events|
|AB 1917 (Gordon): Outpatient prescription drugs: cost sharing.This bill would limit a patient’s out-of-pocket costs (copayment, coinsurance, or any other forms of cost sharing) for a 30 day supply of outpatient prescription drugs to 1/24 of the annual out-of-pocket cost limit for that product.||SB 1381 (Evans): Food labeling: genetically engineered food.This bill requires the labeling of all genetically engineered foods sold in California.||Federal Issues|
|AB 1923 (Daly): State government: contracts: public records.This bill would ensure the confidentiality of the financial terms of a contract between the Department of General Services and a producer or supplier of prescription medications.||State Issues|
|AB 2330 (Mullin): Income taxes: credits: research activities.This bill would align California tax law with Federal tax law by allowing companies to use a simplified calculation for determining tax credits for research and development expenses.|
|AB 2418 (Bonilla): Health care coverage: prescription drug refills.*Cosponsored by CHI and the California Pharmacists AssociationThis bill, intended to increase adherence to prescription medication, has three components. First, it allows patients to opt out of a mandatory mail order program if they prefer to obtain their prescription drugs from a community pharmacy. Second, it streamlines prescription medication refills by allowing pharmacists to place the patient’s medications on the same refill schedule. Finally, it allows patients who run out of prescription eye medications because of accidental spillage causing them to use more than 70% of their eye drops to be eligible for an early refill.|
|SB 1052 (Torres): California Health Benefit Exchange: annual report.This bill requires that Covered California provide consumers with the drug formulary for each participating, qualified health plan and the cost sharing associated with a particular drug.|
|SB 1100 (Hernandez): Continuity of care.This bill adds a notice requirement in the existing Health & Safety Code on the continuity of care, therefore requiring health plans to provide notifications to both providers and consumers about their continuity of care options to complete certain types of treatment.|