Assembly Bill 32 (Aguiar Curry): Telehealth
AB 32 is legislation that would include a provision on maintaining the current telehealth flexibilities on an ongoing basis and would require the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) to start a stakeholder group to discuss telehealth policies.
Status: Referred to Assembly Health Committee; Referred to California Health Benefits Review Program (CHBRP)
AB 32 is Co-Sponsored by the following organizations: CaliforniaHealth+ Advocates, California Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems (CAPH), California Medical Association (CMA), Essential Access Health (EAH), AltaMed Health Services Corp. and Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California (PPAC)
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: Passed Senate Health, Referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee – Hearing Scheduled: 3/22
For more information on the State Budget or sponsored bills please contact Beth Malinowski, Director of Government Affairs, at Beth@healthplusadvocates.org.