AB 403/AB 666 (Arambula, D-Fresno)
Neither bill will move forward this year; AB 666 is a two-year bill.
AB 403/AB 666 would set forth new or expanded requirements for community benefits. They would require the Department of Health Care Access and Information to define “community,” redefine the term “community benefit,” and expand the definition of “vulnerable populations.” The bills would also require that a community health needs assessment include the needs of the vulnerable populations and include a description of which vulnerable populations are low or moderate income. Community health needs assessments would have to be updated at least once every two years, and hospitals would be required to coordinate with a local health department. AB 403/AB 666 would also increase the fine for not submitting a community benefit plan from $5,000 to $25,000.