Emergency Services

Pending
AB 977 (Rodriguez, D-Pomona)
Co-sponsor
Passed the Assembly on Jan. 29. Pending a Senate policy committee referral.

AB 977 would extend the penalties for violence committed against first responders to all health care workers who provide services within emergency departments. The bill defines “health care worker” as all staff and employees who provide services and treatment in the emergency department. AB 977 would also allow emergency departments to post a notice stating that an assault and battery against hospital staff is a crime and may result in a felony conviction.

Vanessa Gonzalez

Job title:
VP State Advocacy
Phone number:
916-552-7670

Sheree Lowe

Job title:
VP Policy
Phone number:
916-552-7576
Pending
AB 2175 (Lowenthal, D-Long Beach)  
Oppose Unless Amended
Passed the Assembly Health Committee on April 2. To be heard in the Assembly Appropriations Committee.

AB 2175 would require general acute care hospitals to annually report to the Department of Health Care Access and Information (HCAI) specified information, including all specialties listed on the hospital’s call panel, whether each specialty is available 24/7, and the telephone number to contact for interfacility transfers. HCAI would be required to develop a searchable database accessible to hospital staff.  

Vanessa Gonzalez

Job title:
VP State Advocacy
Phone number:
916-552-7670

Sheree Lowe

Job title:
VP Policy
Phone number:
916-552-7576
Pending
AB 2960 (Lee, D-Milpitas)
Oppose Unless Amended
April 16 hearing in the Assembly Health Committee

AB 2960 would require primary care clinics and hospital emergency departments to, at least once a year, offer a syphilis test to all patients who can become pregnant. 

Vanessa Gonzalez

Job title:
VP State Advocacy
Phone number:
916-552-7670

Sheree Lowe

Job title:
VP Policy
Phone number:
916-552-7576
Pending
SB 963 (Ashby, D-Sacramento)
Follow
Passed the Senate Health Committee on April 10. The Senate Rules Committee voted to place the bill on the Senate consent calendar on April 11.

SB 963 would require general acute care hospitals with an emergency department (ED) to create a human trafficking system available at the ED that would allow patients to self-identify as a victim of human trafficking or domestic violence. CHA was successful in securing amendments to address concerns and will continue to work with the author’s office on further clarifying amendments.

Vanessa Gonzalez

Job title:
VP State Advocacy
Phone number:
916-552-7670

Sheree Lowe

Job title:
VP Policy
Phone number:
916-552-7576