We are excited to share that Governor Newsom signed AB 133 – the omnibus health trailer bill into law that extends current telehealth flexibilities through December 2022.
We are pleased that the final budget and related trailer bills contain the following victories for health centers and the communities they serve:
THANK YOU for your unwavering commitment to this issue and your collective advocacy efforts. Together, we have enlightened the Governor and Legislature about the important role telehealth and telephonic care play in creating an equitable healthcare delivery system.
SB 316 (Eggman): Same Day Visit
Currently, CHCs may bill for a behavioral health visit or a physical health visit in a 24hour period, but will not be reimbursed for both. This means that patients with a medically necessary behavioral health condition must wait 24 hours before they can be seen for a visit if they already obtained a physical health visit on that same day. This restriction undermines a clinic’s ability to provide or expand behavioral health services that are in even greater demand as a result of this pandemic. SB 316 would ensure that FQHCs and RHCs are adequately compensated for the care they provide and can continue to strengthen care coordination and integration for the millions of patients our systems serve.
Status: Assembly Floor
For more information on the State Budget or sponsored bills please contact Beth Malinowski, Director of Government Affairs, at Beth@healthplusadvocates.org.