Release: Assembly Health Approves Senator Hernandez’ Bills Protecting California’s Health Care

June 27, 2018

SACRAMENTO – On Tuesday, June 26, 2018, Assembly Health Committee approved several bills that protect vulnerable Californians and strengthen California’s health care gains.

Authored by Senator Ed Hernandez, O.D. (D-West Covina), these bills are in response to recent stories relating to homeless individuals and federal attacks on our health care system. Senator Hernandez has made it a priority to protect our state’s health care gains and will continue fighting to ensure our health care system remains viable and strong.

Banning Medicaid Work Requirements in CA

  • Passed (11-3)
  • Senate Bill 1108 prohibits work requirements as a condition of Medi-Cal eligibility. SB 1108 was introduced after the Trump Administration invited states to revise their Medicaid programs to include punitive policies that will lead to fewer people with health insurance. This bill ensures that California stands firmly against this concept, and continues to prioritize access to health care for some of our lowest-income residents.

Protecting our Most Vulnerable Californians

  • Passed (12-3)
  • Senate Bill 1152 provides a more humane process for discharging homeless patients after their hospital stay. SB 1152 addresses a practice known as “patient dumping” where homeless patients are discharged under unsafe conditions.
    • Read the SB 1152 bill language and fact sheet.
    • Sponsored by California Pan-Ethnic Health Network and California State Council of the Service Employees International Union

Making Our Health Care More Affordable

  • Passed (13-2)
  • Senate Bill 1255 establishes state-funded subsidies for Californians to purchase health coverage through Covered California. SB 1255 would direct Covered California to administer state-funded subsidies to Californians who have to pay more than 8% of their annual household income on insurance premiums.

Relating to Association Health Plans in California

  • Passed (11-1)
  • Senate Bill 1375 cleans up our laws to make them clear and consistent relating to Association Health Plans (AHPs). The federal Department of Labor recently finalized new rules to broaden access to AHPs that are also Multiple Employer Welfare Arrangements (MEWAs). California law prevents any new MEWAs, so these final federal rules won’t preempt state law.