Emergency Services

Pending
AB 977 (Rodriguez, D-Pomona)
Co-sponsor
Passed the Senate Public Safety Committee on June 4. June 24 hearing in the Senate Appropriations Committee postponed by committee.

AB 977 would extend certain 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
Not Passed
AB 2175 (Lowenthal, D-Long Beach)  
Oppose Unless Amended
Held on the Assembly Appropriations Committee suspense file on May 16.

AB 2175 would have required 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 have been 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
Not Passed
AB 2960 (Lee, D-Milpitas)
Oppose Unless Amended
Held on the Assembly Appropriations Committee suspense file on May 16.

AB 2960 would have required primary care clinics and hospital emergency departments to, at least once a year, offer a syphilis test to all sexually active patients at least 15 years of age. 

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)
Support
Passed the Assembly Health Committee on June 18. June 25 hearing in the Assembly Judiciary Committee on consent.

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 that would limit hospital and staff liability for complying in good faith with the provisions of the law. 

Vanessa Gonzalez

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

Sheree Lowe

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