AB 1178 (Irwin) was narrowed slightly (Chair of Assembly Health Committee wanted 180-day TAR free zone instead of our proposed 365 days) Assembly Health Committee vote: 15-0, all members, both parties, voting in favor. Note, California Medical Association lent an assist and testified in support. Thanks, CMA!
20 second time out. Prior authorization, and its abuses, is a hot topic for the entire house of medicine! PPAC has endorsed and supports several bills this session that aim to ease administrative burdens on physicians. More about those later.
SB 465 (Eggman) – Passed Senate Health Committee 11-0 with some technical clarifying amendments. Referred to Senate Appropriations Committee. SB 465 would improve delivery of Mental Health Service Act services to children and youth, homeless, hospitalized, and incarcerated individuals with severe mental illness.
SB 507 (Eggman, Stern) – pending in Senate Appropriations Committee. Passed Senate Health and Judiciary Committees, 11-0 in each. SB 506 expands Laura’s Law criteria to provide care to conservatees and those with multiple 5150s.
SB 516 (Eggman, Stern) – referred to Senate Appropriations Committee. Passed Senate Health and Judiciary Committees, 10-0 and 11-0 respectively. Authorizes health to be considered when determining certifications for 5250s and 5270s.