CPhA Sponsored Legislation:

CA AB 1535 (Bloom)

Authorizes a pharmacist to furnish naloxone hydrochloride in accordance with standardized procedures or protocols developed and approved by both the State Board of Pharmacy and the Medical Board. Requires the development of protocols on the education of the person to whom the drug is furnished, and, notification of the patient’s primary care provider. Requires the pharmacists to complete related training. Prohibits furnishing naloxone hydrochloride to a patient without consultation of the drug. 

Status:

08/14/2014     In ASSEMBLY. ASSEMBLY concurred in SENATE amendments. To enrollment. (79-0)

Fact Sheet

CA AB 2418 (Bonilla)

Allows patients to opt out of their health plan’s mandatory mail order program if they prefer to obtain their prescription drugs from a community pharmacy and streamlines prescription medications by placing the patient’s medications on the same refill schedule.  Allows patients who run out of prescription eye medications because of accidental spillage or who use more than 70% of their eye drops to be eligible for an early refill.

Status: 

08/14/2014     From SENATE Committee on APPROPRIATIONS: Do pass as amended. (6-0)
Fact Sheet

 


Other Legislation:

1. CA AB 186
Author: Maienschein (R)
Title: Professions and Vocations: Military Spouses: Licenses
Introduced: 01/28/2013
Last Amend: 06/25/2014
Disposition: Pending
File: 274
Location: Senate Third Reading File
Summary: Establishes a temporary licensure process for an applicant who holds a current, active, or unrestricted license in another jurisdiction and supplies evidence of being married to or in a domestic partnership or other legal union with an active duty member of the Armed Forces who is assigned to a duty station in the state under active duty military orders. Requires an applicant seeking a temporary license as an engineer, land surveyor, geologist, geophysicist or hydrogeologist to pass the state examination.
Status:
07/01/2014 In SENATE. Read second time. To third reading.
Commentary: CPhA - Watch
Position: Watch
2. CA AB 333
Author: Wieckowski (D)
Title: Medical Waste
Introduced: 02/13/2013
Last Amend: 06/24/2014
Disposition: Pending
Summary: Relates to the transportation of medical waste, the Medical Waste Management Act and the medical waste generator fee. Revises the registration procedures and record requirements for large and small quantity generators of medical waste. Exempts specified small and large quantity generators from the regulation of hazardous waste haulers. Relates to medical waste generator fees. Regards the proper disposal of medical waste, including at temporary events. Relates to the disposal of euthanized animals.
Status:
08/14/2014 From SENATE Committee on APPROPRIATIONS: Do pass as amended.(5-0)
Commentary: CPhA - Watch
Position: Watch
3. CA AB 804
Author: Lowenthal B (D)
Title: Medi-Cal: Pharmacy Providers: Invoices
Introduced: 02/21/2013
Disposition: Pending
Summary: Amends existing law that requires reimbursement to Medi-Cal pharmacy providers for drugs. Provides that pharmacy invoice information is confidential and exempt from public disclosure.
Status:
05/16/2013 To SENATE Committee on HEALTH.
Commentary: CPhA - Sponsor/Support
Position: Sponsor, Support
4. CA AB 809
Author: Logue (R)
Title: Healing Arts: Telehealth
Introduced: 02/21/2013
Last Amend: 08/07/2014
Disposition: Pending
File: 383
Location: Senate Third Reading File
Summary: Requires a health care provider at the originating site to provide the patient with a waiver for the course of treatment involving telehealth services to obtain informed consent for the agreed course of treatment. Requires the signed waiver to be contained in the patient's medical record.
Status:
08/14/2014 In SENATE. Read second time. To third reading.
Commentary: CPhA - Watch
Position: Watch
5. CA AB 889
Author: Frazier (D)
Title: Health Care Coverage: Prescription Drugs
Introduced: 02/22/2013
Last Amend: 05/02/2013
Disposition: Pending
Summary: Authorizes health care service plans and health insurers to require step therapy under specified conditions. Requires that plan or insurer to have a process in place to authorize exceptions to step therapy when medically necessary and to conform effectively and efficiently with continuity of care requirements. Prohibits requiring a patient try and fail a specified number of times before allowing access to other medication. Prohibits repeat step therapy under certain conditions. Exempts certain policies.
Status:
08/30/2013 In SENATE Committee on APPROPRIATIONS: Held in committee.
Commentary: CPhA - Watch
Position: Watch
6. CA AB 916
Author: Eggman (D)
Title: Healing Arts: False or Misleading Advertising
Introduced: 02/22/2013
Disposition: Failed
Summary: Amends an existing law which provides for the licensure and regulation of the practice of various healing arts practitioners, and makes it unlawful for those practitioners to disseminate a fraudulent or deceptive statement. Prohibits the use of additional terms by a physician or surgeon with respect to board certification. Makes findings and declarations pertaining to misleading advertisements and statements by physicians and surgeons.
Status:
06/25/2014 From SENATE Committee on BUSINESS, PROFESSIONS AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT without further action pursuant to JR 62(a).
Commentary: CPhA - Watch
Position: Watch
7. CA AB 1535
Author: Bloom (D)
Title: Pharmacists: Naloxone Hydrochloride
Introduced: 01/21/2014
Last Amend: 06/24/2014
Disposition: To Governor
Summary: Authorizes a pharmacist to furnish naloxone hydrochloride in accordance with standardized procedures or protocols developed and approved by both the State Board of Pharmacy and the Medical Board. Requires the development of protocols on the education of the person to whom the drug is furnished and, notification of the patient's primary care provider. Requires the pharmacists to complete related training. Prohibits furnishing the medication to the patient without consultation. Authorizes related regulations.
Status:
08/14/2014 In ASSEMBLY. ASSEMBLY concurred in SENATE amendments. To enrollment.(79-0)
Position: Sponsor
8. CA AB 1558
Author: Hernandez R (D)
Title: Health Data Organization: All-Payer Claims Database
Introduced: 01/28/2014
Last Amend: 06/05/2014
Disposition: Pending
Summary: Requests the University of California to establish the State Health Data Organization to collect data from payers and to establish an all-payer claims database. Requires certain private payers to submit claims data on utilization, payment, and cost sharing for services delivered to beneficiaries. Requests the establishment of working groups on processes related to federal and state price transparency and payment reform. Requires the design and maintenance of a related Internet Web site.
Status:
08/14/2014 In SENATE Committee on APPROPRIATIONS: Held in committee.
Position: Watch
9. CA AB 1727
Author: Rodriguez (D)
Title: Prescription Drugs: Collection and Distribution
Introduced: 02/14/2014
Last Amend: 06/15/2014
Enacted 07/21/2014
Disposition: Enacted
Chapter: 155
Summary: Prohibits the donation to a county repository and distribution program of a medication that is the subject of a United States Food and Drug Administration managed risk evaluation and mitigation strategy that prohibits that inventory transfer or requires the inventory transfer to receive prior authorization from the manufacturer of the medication.
Status:
07/21/2014 Signed by GOVERNOR.
07/21/2014 Chaptered by Secretary of State. Chapter No. 155
Position: Watch
10. CA AB 1743
Author: Ting (D)
Title: Hypodermic Needles and Syringes
Introduced: 02/14/2014
Last Amend: 05/27/2014
Disposition: To Governor
Summary: Deletes a date of repeal. Authorizes a pharmacist or physician to provide an unlimited number of hypodermic needles and syringes to a person of a minimum age or older solely for his or her personal use. Deletes a date of repeal. Exempts the possession of a specified amount of hypodermic needles and syringes that are acquired from an authorized source.
Status:
08/14/2014 In ASSEMBLY. ASSEMBLY concurred in SENATE amendments. To enrollment.(53-21)
Position: Support
11. CA AB 1755
Author: Gomez (D)
Title: Medical Information
Introduced: 02/14/2014
Last Amend: 08/04/2014
Disposition: To Governor
Summary: Amends existing law that requires a clinic, health facility, home health agency, or hospice to prevent unlawful or unauthorized access to, and use or disclosure of, patients' medical information. Requires those entities to make specified reports within a specified time period. Authorizes the report to be made by alternative means, including email. Requires a delayed report for law enforcement purposes to be made within a specified time period. Gives the Department of Public Health investigation discretion.
Status:
08/14/2014 In ASSEMBLY. ASSEMBLY concurred in SENATE amendments. To enrollment.(79-0)
Position: Watch
12. CA AB 1759
Author: Pan (D)
Title: Medi-Cal: Reimbursement Rates
Introduced: 02/14/2014
Last Amend: 07/01/2014
Disposition: Pending
Summary: Requires the State Department of Health Care Services to contract for the conduction of an assessment of Medi-Cal provider reimbursement rates, access to care, and the quality of care received in the Medi-Cal program. Requires a review of the recommendations of that assessment and a suggestion of adjustments to rates to ensure that quality and access in the fee-for-service program and in Medi-Cal managed care plans are adequate to meet certain standards. Creates a related advisory committee.
Status:
08/14/2014 In SENATE Committee on APPROPRIATIONS: Held in committee.
Position: Watch
13. CA AB 1805
Author: Skinner (D)
Title: Medi-Cal: Reimbursement: Provider Payments
Introduced: 02/18/2014
Last Amend: 04/07/2014
Disposition: Pending
Summary: Amends existing law that requires Medi-Cal provider payments to be reduced and provider payments for specified non-Medi-Cal programs to be reduced for dates of service on and after specified dates. Prohibits the application of those reductions for payments to providers for dates of service on or after a specified date. Requires payments for managed care health plans to be determined without application of some the deductions.
Status:
05/07/2014 In ASSEMBLY Committee on APPROPRIATIONS: Not heard.
Position: Support
14. CA AB 1814
Author: Waldron (R)
Title: Prescriber Prevails Act
Introduced: 02/18/2014
Last Amend: 05/12/2014
Disposition: Pending
Summary: Provides, to the extent permitted by federal law, that drugs in specified therapeutic classes that are prescribed by a Medi-Cal beneficiary's treating provider are covered Medi-Cal benefits. Requires a Medi-Cal managed care plan to cover the drug upon demonstration by the provider that the drug is medically necessary and consistent with federal rules and regulations for labeling and use.
Status:
05/23/2014 In ASSEMBLY Committee on APPROPRIATIONS: Held in committee.
Position: Support/Amend
15. CA AB 1838
Author: Bonilla (D)
Title: Healing Arts: Medical School Accreditation
Introduced: 02/18/2014
Last Amend: 05/14/2014
Enacted 07/18/2014
Disposition: Enacted
Chapter: 143
Summary: Amends existing law that requires applicants for a physician's or surgeon's certificate to show an official transcript or other satisfactory evidence that he or she has successfully complete a specified medical curriculum that meets specified requirements. Provides that a school accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, the Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools, or the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation is deemed to meet those requirements.
Status:
07/18/2014 Signed by GOVERNOR.
07/18/2014 Chaptered by Secretary of State. Chapter No. 143
Position: Watch
16. CA AB 1841
Author: Mullin (D)
Title: Medical Assistants
Introduced: 02/18/2014
Last Amend: 06/02/2014
Disposition: Pending
File: 131
Location: Assembly Unfinished Business - Concurrence in Senate Amendments
Summary: Specifies that the technical supportive services a medical assistant may perform in State Board of Pharmacy licensed facilities includes handing to a patient a properly labeled and prepackaged prescription drug, other than a controlled substance, ordered by a licensed physician and surgeon, a licensed podiatrist, a physician assistant, a nurse practitioner, or a certified nurse-midwife.
Status:
08/11/2014 In SENATE. Read third time. Passed SENATE. *****To ASSEMBLY for concurrence.(35-0)
Position: Support/Amend
17. CA AB 1893
Author: Stone (D)
Title: Sharps Waste
Introduced: 02/19/2014
Last Amend: 05/23/2014
Disposition: Pending
Summary: Requires all sharps sold to the general public in specified amounts to be sold with a sharps waste container meeting applicable federal standards. Requires the container to be labeled with the words sharps waste or with the international biohazard symbol and the word BIOHAZARD. Requires specified information to be included on a label affixed to the container or on a separate insert included in the sharps packaging. Requires workers' compensation to determine more accurate needlestick injury data reporting.
Status:
06/24/2014 In ASSEMBLY. From Inactive File. To third reading.
Position: Watch
18. CA AB 1917
Author: Gordon (D)
Title: Outpatient Prescription Drugs: Cost Sharing
Introduced: 02/19/2014
Last Amend: 06/24/2014
Disposition: Pending
File: 330
Location: Senate Third Reading File
Summary: Requires that the copayment, coinsurance, or any other form of cost sharing for a outpatient prescription drug for an individual prescription for a specified supply not exceed a specified annual out-of-pocket limit for a drug that does not have a time-limited course of treatment or that has time-limited course of treatment of a specified duration, and provides the required copayment, coninsurance or other form of cost sharing for such drug. Applies to self-only coverage and specialized plans and contracts.
Status:
08/06/2014 In SENATE. Read second time. To third reading.
Position: Watch
19. CA AB 2015
Author: Chau (D)
Title: Health Care Coverage: Discrimination
Introduced: 02/20/2014
Disposition: Pending
Summary: Prohibits a health care service plan or health insurer from discriminating against any health care provider who is acting within the scope of that provider's license or certification.
Status:
05/23/2014 In ASSEMBLY Committee on APPROPRIATIONS: Held in committee.
Position: Support
20. CA AB 2059
Author: Muratsuchi (D)
Title: Medical Records: Electronic Delivery
Introduced: 02/20/2014
Last Amend: 06/15/2014
Disposition: Pending
File: 237
Location: Senate Third Reading File
Summary: Requires a health care provider to provide an electronic copy of an electronic medical or health record, when an electronic copy is requested, if the medical record exists in digital or electronic format and the medical record can be delivered electronically. Regards the reasonable expenses, including court costs, incurred to force a health care provider who has failed to make such records available. Authorizes a provider to charge for the costs involved in providing electronic copies.
Status:
06/26/2014 In SENATE. Read second time. To third reading.
Position: Support/Amend
21. CA AB 2069
Author: Maienschein (R)
Title: Immunizations: Influenza
Introduced: 02/20/2014
Last Amend: 04/24/2014
Disposition: To Governor
Summary: Requires the Department of Public Health to post specified educational information regarding influenza disease and the availability of influenza vaccinations on the department's Internet Web site. Authorizes the department to use additional available resources to educate the public regarding influenza, including, among other things, public service announcements.
Status:
08/13/2014 In SENATE. Read third time. Passed SENATE. To enrollment.(36-0)
Position: Support
22. CA AB 2131
Author: Morrell (R)
Title: Pharmacy Licenses: Letters of Reprimand
Introduced: 02/20/2014
Last Amend: 04/02/2014
Disposition: Pending
Summary: Authorizes the State Pharmacy Board to issue a license to an applicant who has committed minor violations that the board deems, in its discretion, do not merit the denial of a license or require probationary status, and to concurrently issue a public letter of reprimand. Provides the requirements for such letters to include a related hearing by a licensee. Provides the procedures for holding those meetings. Provides procedures for the purging of such letters. Requires posting of such letters.
Status:
05/22/2014 To SENATE Committee on BUSINESS, PROFESSIONS AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.
Position: Support
23. CA AB 2309
Author: Brown (D)
Title: Controlled Substances: Possession
Introduced: 02/21/2014
Disposition: To Governor
Summary: Relates to deferred entry of judgment with respect to possession of controlled substances. Adds possession of Chlordiazepoxide, Clonazepam, Clorazepate, Diazepam, Flurazepam, Lorazepam, Mebutamate, Oxazepam, Prazepam, Temazepam, Halazepam, Alprazolam, Propoxyphene, Diethylpropion, Phentermine, Pemoline, Fenfluramine, and Triazolam, without a prescription to the list of violations.
Status:
08/13/2014 Enrolled.
Position: Watch
24. CA AB 2325
Author: Perez J (D)
Title: Medi-Cal: CommuniCal
Introduced: 02/21/2014
Last Amend: 06/12/2014
Disposition: Pending
File: 131
Location: Senate Second Reading File
Summary: Requires the State Department of Health Care Services to establish the Medi-Cal Patient-Centered Communication program to be administered by a 3rd-party administrator, to provide and reimburse for medical interpretation services to Medi-Cal beneficiaries who are limited English proficient. Establishes the CommuniCal Program Fund. Requires the Department of Health Care Services to be the certifying body for CommuniCal certified medical interpreters. Allows CCMI to join labor organizations.
Status:
08/14/2014 From SENATE Committee on APPROPRIATIONS: Do pass.(5-0)
Position: Watch, Watch
25. CA AB 2340
Author: Garcia (D)
Title: Medi-Cal: Benefits: Clinic Costs for Drugs and Supplies
Introduced: 02/21/2014
Last Amend: 06/19/2014
Disposition: Pending
Summary: Amends the Medi-Cal program. Removes the cap on dispensing fees for drugs and supplies under the program. Requires a clinic dispensing fee to be the difference between the actual acquisition of a drug or supply, to be calculated not less than annually, and the Medi-Cal reimbursement rate. Removes the cap on reimbursement that is based on the cost of drugs and supplies provided by retail pharmacies.
Status:
06/23/2014 Re-referred to SENATE Committee on HEALTH.
Position: Watch
26. CA AB 2346
Author: Gonzalez (D)
Title: Physician and Surgeon Assistance Program
Introduced: 02/21/2014
Last Amend: 05/05/2014
Disposition: Pending
Summary: Authorizes the establishment of a diversion and assistance program for physicians and surgeons, and the Medical Board to make available the means to rehabilitate a physician and surgeon with impairment due to abuse of dangerous drugs or alcohol, or mental or physical illness, that affects his or her competency so that the professional may be treated in a manner that will not the public health or safety. Requires contracting for administrative services. Authorizes a related fee. Requires Board outreach.
Status:
05/23/2014 In ASSEMBLY Committee on APPROPRIATIONS: Held in committee.
Position: Watch
27. CA AB 2418
Author: Bonilla (D)
Title: Health Care Coverage: Prescription Drugs: Refills
Introduced: 02/21/2014
Last Amend: 07/03/2014
Disposition: Pending
Summary: Amends the Knox-Keene Health Care Service Plan Act and regulation of health care service plans by the Department of Managed Health Care. Requires a health care service plan contract or health insurance policy that provides prescription drug benefits and imposes a mandatory mail order restriction for a drug with a certain monthly cost to establish an opt out process for that drug. Requires the implementation of an emergency refills process under certain conditions. Relates to new plans and policies.
Status:
08/14/2014 From SENATE Committee on APPROPRIATIONS: Do pass as amended.(6-0)
Position: Sponsor
28. CA AB 2484
Author: Gordon (D)
Title: Healing Arts: Telehealth
Introduced: 02/21/2014
Disposition: Pending
Summary: Allows a health care provider to obtain written consent from the patient before telehealth may be used and would require that written consent to be documented in the patient's medical record.
Status:
03/13/2014 To ASSEMBLY Committees on BUSINESS, PROFESSIONS & CONSUMER PROTECTION and HEALTH.
Position: Watch
29. CA AB 2485
Author: Dickinson (D)
Title: Unlawful Detainer: Nuisance: Controlled Substances
Introduced: 02/21/2014
Last Amend: 08/04/2014
Disposition: Pending
File: 304
Location: Senate Third Reading File
Summary: Extends the provision in existing law regarding illegally selling controlled substances, applicable only to real property situated in the City of Los Angeles, to also include Sacramento County and Oakland. Provides for dismission of related actions for a reasonable period if the tenant can prove hardship. Requires those entities to comply with specified reporting requirements. Requires the jurisdictions to make a good faith effort to comply with reporting in order to bring such actions.
Status:
08/05/2014 In SENATE. Read second time. To third reading.
Position: Watch
30. CA AB 2515
Author: Donnelly (R)
Title: Controlled Substances: Sentencing
Introduced: 02/21/2014
Last Amend: 03/28/2014
Disposition: Pending
File: A-13
Location: Assembly Inactive File
Summary: Deletes a requirement that a person convicted under a provision of law prohibiting a person from using or being under the influence of specified controlled substances except when administered by a person licensed to dispense, prescribe, or administer such substances serve a specified number of days in a county jail. Deletes a requirement that, as a condition of granting probation, the person serve such time in jail. Makes additional conforming changes. Authorizes the granting of specified probation.
Status:
06/02/2014 In ASSEMBLY. Reconsideration granted.
06/02/2014 In ASSEMBLY. To Inactive File.
Position: Watch
31. CA AB 2603
Author: Perez V (D)
Title: Controlled Substance: Permissive Lawful Possession
Introduced: 02/21/2014
Last Amend: 08/07/2014
Disposition: Pending
File: 198
Location: Assembly Unfinished Business - Concurrence in Senate Amendments
Summary: Creates an exception from specified prohibitions for possession of certain controlled substances by a person other than the prescription holder if the possession is at the direction or with the express authorization of the holder and the sole intent of the possessor is to deliver the prescription to the prescription holder for its prescribed use or to discard the substance in a lawful manner.
Status:
08/14/2014 In SENATE. Read third time. Passed SENATE. *****To ASSEMBLY for concurrence.(35-0)
Position: Support/Amend
32. CA AB 2605
Author: Bonilla (D)
Title: Pharmacy: Third-Party Logistics Providers
Introduced: 02/21/2014
Last Amend: 08/06/2014
Disposition: Pending
File: 322
Location: Senate Third Reading File
Summary: Amends the State Pharmacy Law. Revises the definition of third-party logistics provider and reverse third-party logistics provider to conform to federal law. Relates to the management and supervision of such provider. Requires a provider surety bond. Relates to fraud. Relates to wholesaler liability for using a third-party logistics provider. Requires the records of receipt and shipment of dangerous drugs and dangerous devices open for inspection.
Status:
08/06/2014 In SENATE. Read second time and amended. To third reading.
Position: Watch
33. CA ACR 93
Author: Buchanan (D)
Title: Prescription Drug Abuse Awareness Month
Introduced: 02/11/2014
Last Amend: 03/24/2014
Enacted 05/05/2014
Disposition: Adopted
Chapter: 23
Summary: Proclaims the month of March 2014 as Prescription Drug Abuse Awareness Month.
Status:
05/05/2014 Chaptered by Secretary of State.
05/05/2014 Resolution Chapter No. 23
Position: Watch
34. CA SB 18
Author: Leno (D)
Title: Medi-Cal Renewal
Introduced: 12/03/2012
Last Amend: 06/30/2014
Disposition: Pending
File: 64
Location: Assembly Second Reading File
Summary: Requires the State Department of Health Care Services to accept contributions by private foundations in a specified amount for the purpose of providing Medi-Cal renewal assistance payments. Appropriates a specified amount of funds from the Healthcare Outreach and Medi-Cal Enrollment Account to be available for encumbrance and expenditures. Authorizes the use of previously appropriated funds in that account for this purpose. Requires seeking federal matching funds for the contributions. Relates to training.
Status:
08/14/2014 From ASSEMBLY Committee on APPROPRIATIONS: Do pass as amended.(12-0)
Commentary: CPhA - Watch
Position: Watch
35. CA SB 204
Author: Corbett (D)
Title: Prescription Drugs: Labeling
Introduced: 02/08/2013
Last Amend: 06/10/2014
Disposition: Pending
File: 231
Location: Assembly Third Reading File
Summary: Requires the State Board of Pharmacy to conduct a survey of a representative sample of licensed pharmacists to determine the usage of the directions for labeling in existing law. Requires the issues to be addressed in the survey. Requires a similar survey of venders that provide electronic health records to determine the type of directions for use included in the vendor's electronic health records programming. Requires the Board to report survey findings at a board meeting and on its Internet Web site.
Status:
07/03/2014 In ASSEMBLY. Read second time. To third reading.
Commentary: CPhA - Oppose
Position: Oppose
36. CA SB 491
Author: Hernandez E (D)
Title: Nurse Practitioners
Introduced: 02/21/2013
Last Amend: 08/14/2013
Disposition: Pending
Summary: Amends the Nurse Practice Act. Authorizes a nurse practitioner to perform certain acts without physician supervision if the practitioner meets specified requirements. Requires the practitioner to refer the patient to a physician or surgeon or other health care provider under certain circumstances. Requires professional liability insurance. Prohibits the supplanting of a physician and surgeon employed by specified health care facilities.
Status:
08/30/2013 In ASSEMBLY Committee on APPROPRIATIONS: Held in committee.
Commentary: CPhA - support
Position: Support
37. CA SB 492
Author: Hernandez E (D)
Title: Optometrist: Practice: Licensure
Introduced: 02/21/2013
Last Amend: 08/04/2014
Disposition: Pending
Summary: Includes the provision of habilitative optometric services to the practice of optometry. Expands the scope of practice of optometrists who are certified to use therapeutic pharmaceutical agents by authorizing them to use all federally approved agents for use in treating the eye conditions covered in existing law. Modifies the ability of an optometrist to use such agents to diagnose and treat certain diseases. Requires the granting of a certificate for the use of advanced procedures and immunizations.
Status:
08/14/2014 From ASSEMBLY Committee on APPROPRIATIONS: Do pass as amended.(10-1)
Commentary: CPhA - Watch
Position: Support
38. CA SB 500
Author: Lieu (D)
Title: Medical Practice: Pain Management
Introduced: 02/21/2013
Last Amend: 05/29/2014
Disposition: Pending
File: A-14
Location: Assembly Inactive File
File: 205
Location: Assembly Unfinished Business Notice of Intention to Remove from Inactive Filele
Summary: Requires the State Medical Board to update its standards to ensure that competent review in cases concerning the management, including, but not limited to, the undertreatment, undermedication, and overmedication of a patient's pain. Requires the Board to convene a task force to develop and recommend updated standards to the Board. Requires the Board to update those standards or a specified date schedule.
Status:
08/14/2014 In ASSEMBLY. Notice of intention to remove from Inactive File.
Position: Watch
39. CA SB 506
Author: Hill (D)
Title: Railroad Tank Care Hazardous Materials Safety Fund
Introduced: 02/21/2013
Last Amend: 06/15/2014
Disposition: Pending
Summary: Imposes a fee upon every owner of hazardous material at the time that such material is transported by rail by a tank car in the State. Requires a railroad to collect that fee and pay it to the Board of Equalization. Creates the Railroad Tank Care Hazardous Materials Safety Fund and provides for the fees to be deposited into that Fund. Requires the fee revenue to be used for planning, developing, and maintaining emergency response capability for accidents involving hazardous materials railroad tank cars.
Status:
06/16/2014 Re-referred to ASSEMBLY Committee on TRANSPORTATION.
Commentary: CPhA - Support
Position: Support
40. CA SB 508
Author: Hernandez E (D)
Title: Medi-Cal Eligibility
Introduced: 02/21/2013
Last Amend: 06/05/2014
Disposition: Pending
File: 73
Location: Assembly Second Reading File
Summary: Codifies the Medi-Cal income eligibility thresholds established by the State Department of Health Services. Requires the Department to implement provisions regarding providing Medi-Cal benefits to an individuals who are in foster care homes or private institutions for a specified time period under specified conditions. Removes the requirement that a child's parent or caretaker relative meet the deprivation requirements in order for the child to be eligible for Medi-Cal.
Status:
08/14/2014 From ASSEMBLY Committee on APPROPRIATIONS: Do pass as amended.(12-5)
Commentary: CPhA - Watch
Position: Watch
41. CA SB 960
Author: Morrell (R)
Title: Pharmacy
Introduced: 02/06/2014
Last Amend: 06/19/2014
Disposition: To Governor
Summary: Authorizes the Executive Officer of the State Board of Pharmacy, or his or her designee, to issue a letter of admonishment to an applicant for licensure who has committed any violation of law that the board deems, in its discretion, does not merit the denial of a license or require probationary status. Authorizes such letter to be issued concurrently with a license.
Status:
08/13/2014 *****To GOVERNOR.
Position: Support
42. CA SB 1014
Author: Jackson (D)
Title: Pharmaceutical Waste: Home Generated: Collection
Introduced: 02/13/2014
Last Amend: 08/06/2014
Disposition: Pending
Summary: Requires the State Board of Pharmacy, upon enactment of federal regulations, to adopt regulations to implement State drug takeback programs for the collection and destruction of home-generated pharmaceutical waste. Provides that the regulations adopted pursuant to these provisions only apply to licensees of the Board.
Status:
08/13/2014 In ASSEMBLY Committee on APPROPRIATIONS: Not heard.
Position: OpposseUnlessAmend
43. CA SB 1034
Author: Monning (D)
Title: Health Care Coverage: Waiting Periods.
Introduced: 02/14/2014
Last Amend: 06/26/2014
Disposition: To Governor
Summary: Prohibits group health care service plan contracts and group health insurance policies from imposing any waiting or affiliation period. Requires that an employer offering a health care service plan to send a written notice to inform an eligible employee or dependent that he or she may be excluded from eligibility for coverage until the next open enrollment period if the employee or dependent fail to enroll during an open enrollment period.
Status:
08/07/2014 *****To GOVERNOR.
Position: Watch
44. CA SB 1039
Author: Hernandez E (D)
Title: Pharmacy
Introduced: 02/18/2014
Last Amend: 08/04/2014
Disposition: Pending
File: 189
Location: Senate Unfinished Business
Summary: Authorizes a pharmacy technician to perform packaging, manipulative, repetitive, or other nondiscretionary tasks only while assisting and under direct supervision and control of a pharmacist. Relates to sealing emergency containers. Authorizes an intern pharmacist to inspect facility drugs. Authorizes a facility to furnish drugs and devices to patients upon discharge. Relates to records maintenance. Relates to patient assessments. Relates to adjusting a drug regimen. Exempts cleaning agents and solvents.
Status:
08/14/2014 In ASSEMBLY. Read third time. Passed ASSEMBLY. *****To SENATE for concurrence.(78-0)
Position: Watch
45. CA SB 1052
Author: Torres (D)
Title: Health Care Coverage
Introduced: 02/18/2014
Last Amend: 08/04/2014
Disposition: Pending
File: 96
Location: Assembly Second Reading File
Summary: Requires a health care service plan or insurer that provides prescription drug benefits or maintains drug formularies to post those formularies on its Internet Web site and to update that posting with changes at specified times. Requires the development of a standard formulary template. Requires plans and insurers to use that template to display formularies. Requires the Exchange Web site provide a link to the formularies for each health plan through the Exchange.
Status:
08/14/2014 From ASSEMBLY Committee on APPROPRIATIONS: Do pass as amended.(12-0)
Position: Support
46. CA SB 1159
Author: Lara (D)
Title: License Applicants: Individual Tax Identification
Introduced: 02/20/2014
Last Amend: 08/04/2014
Disposition: Pending
File: 42
Location: Assembly Second Reading File
Summary: Requires the professional and vocational licensing boards within the Department of Consumer Affairs to require an applicant other than a partnership to provide either an individual tax identification number or social security number. Requires the bodies to report to the Franchise Tax Board, and subjects a licensee to a penalty, for failure to provide that information.
Status:
08/14/2014 From ASSEMBLY Committee on APPROPRIATIONS: Do pass.(13-4)
Position: Watch
47. CA SB 1258
Author: DeSaulnier (D)
Title: Controlled Substances: Prescriptions: Reporting
Introduced: 02/21/2014
Last Amend: 04/23/2014
Disposition: Pending
Summary: Requires the prescribing and dispensing of Schedule V controlled substances to be monitored in the Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System (CURES). Authorizes an individual who is investigating a holder of a professional license to apply for access to the CURES regarding the controlled substance history of a licensee. Requires that controlled substance electronic prescriptions meet specified regulations. Relates to the allowable time period for certain substance prescriptions.
Status:
05/23/2014 In SENATE Committee on APPROPRIATIONS: Held in committee.
Position: OpposseUnlessAmend
48. CA SB 1311
Author: Hill (D)
Title: Public Health: Antimicrobial Stewardship
Introduced: 02/21/2014
Last Amend: 08/07/2014
Disposition: To Governor
Summary: Requires all general acute care hospitals to adopt and implement an antimicrobial stewardship policy that includes a process to evaluate judicious use of antibiotics. Requires the development of a physician supervised multidisciplinary antimicrobial stewardship committee, subcommittee, or workgroup. Requires each such hospital to report stewardship program activities to each hospital committee undertaking clinical quality improvement activities.
Status:
08/13/2014 In SENATE. SENATE concurred in ASSEMBLY amendments. To enrollment.(37-0)
Position: Support
49. CA SB 1340
Author: Hernandez E (D)
Title: Health Care Coverage: Provider Contracts
Introduced: 02/21/2014
Last Amend: 03/24/2014
Enacted 07/07/2014
Disposition: Enacted
Chapter: 83
Summary: Relates to the Knox-Keene Health Care Service Plan Act of 1975 regarding licensure and regulation of health care service plans by the Department of Managed Health Care. Prohibits a contract between a plan or insurer and a provider or supplier from restricting the ability of the plan or insurer to furnish information to consumers or purchasers concerning the cost range of a procedure, full course of treatment or the quality of services performed.
Status:
07/07/2014 Signed by GOVERNOR.
07/07/2014 Chaptered by Secretary of State. Chapter No. 83
Position: Watch
50. CA SB 1341
Author: Mitchell (D)
Title: Medi-Cal: Statewide Automated Welfare System
Introduced: 02/21/2014
Last Amend: 05/06/2014
Disposition: Pending
File: 55
Location: Assembly Second Reading File
Summary: Requires the Statewide Automated Welfare System to be the system of record for Medi-Cal and to contain all Medi-Cal eligibility rules and case management functionality. Authorizes the Healthcare Eligibility, Enrollment, and Retention System (CalHEERS) to house the business rules necessary for an eligibility determination. Requires CalHEERS to make the business rules available to the System consortia to determine Medi-Cal eligibility. Requires notices for the Medi-Cal and premium tax credit programs.
Status:
08/14/2014 From ASSEMBLY Committee on APPROPRIATIONS: Do pass.(17-0)
Position: Watch
51. CA SB 1429
Author: Steinberg (D)
Title: Civil Damages: Medical Malpractice
Introduced: 02/21/2014
Disposition: Pending
Summary: Declares the intent of the Legislature to bring interested parties together to develop a legislative solution to issues surrounding medical malpractice injury compensation.
Status:
03/13/2014 To SENATE Committee on RULES.
Position: Watch
52. CA SB 1438
Author: Pavley (D)
Title: Controlled Substances: Opioid Antagonists
Introduced: 02/21/2014
Last Amend: 08/04/2014
Disposition: Pending
File: 277
Location: Assembly Third Reading File
Summary: Relates to the Uniform Controlled Substances Act, and research on the misuse and abuse of controlled substances. Clarifies that peace officers are included among the persons authorized to receive and distribute opioid antagonists to a person experiencing an overdose. Establishes training and standards for the use of opioid antagonists. Authorizes hospitals and trauma centers to share information with local law enforcement agencies about controlled substances. Relates to EMT training regulations.
Status:
08/11/2014 In ASSEMBLY. Read second time. To Consent Calendar.
08/11/2014 In ASSEMBLY. From Consent Calendar. To third reading.
Position: Support
53. CA SB 1457
Author: Evans (D)
Title: Medical Care: Electronic Treatment Authorization
Introduced: 02/21/2014
Last Amend: 06/30/2014
Disposition: Pending
File: 204
Location: Senate Unfinished Business
Summary: Relates to Medi-Cal program, the California Children's Services Program and the Genetically Handicapped Person's Program. Requires requests for authorization for treatment or services to be submitted in an electronic format. Excludes dental providers. Requires the State Department of Health Care Services to create a format for submitting requests when the Department's Web site or other means are unavailable. Relates to rural providers. Authorizes all-county letters, plan letters, or provider bulletins.
Status:
08/14/2014 In ASSEMBLY. Read third time. Passed ASSEMBLY. *****To SENATE for concurrence.(78-0)
Position: Watch

From SENATE Committee on APPROPRIATIONS: Do pass as amended. (6-0)
From SENATE Committee on APPROPRIATIONS: Do pass as amended. (6-0)