Equity

Pending
AB 311 (Santiago, D-Los Angeles)
Support
Passed the Senate Human Services Committee on June 17. To be heard in the Senate Appropriations Committee.

AB 311 would ensure undocumented immigrants are eligible to receive food assistance benefits.

Vanessa Gonzalez

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

Peggy Wheeler

Job title:
VP Policy
Phone number:
916-552-7689
Pending
AB 3161 (Bonta, D-Oakland)
Follow
Passed the Senate Health Committee on June 12. July 2 hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

AB 3161 would require general acute care hospitals, acute psychiatric hospitals, and special hospitals, that report adverse events to provide the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) with additional patient demographic data including age, race, ethnicity, gender identity (if voluntarily provided by patient), sexual orientation (if voluntarily provided by patient), primary language spoken, disability status, and expected payer. The bill would also require hospitals to update their patient safety plans to include anonymous reporting options and a process for addressing racism and discrimination. Beginning Jan. 1, 2026, hospitals would be required to submit their patient safety plans to CDPH biannually, and the plans would be posted on CDPH’s website. The bill would authorize CDPH to impose a fine of up to $5,000 on health facilities that do not adopt, update, or submit patient safety plans. CHA 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

Lois Richardson

Job title:
Vice President Legal Counsel
Phone number:
916-552-7611
Pending
SB 37 (Caballero, D-Merced)
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Passed the Assembly Aging and Long-Term Care Committee on June 18. To be heard in the Assembly Appropriations Committee.

SB 37 would, upon appropriation of funding by the Legislature, require the Department of Housing and Community Development to begin developing the Older Adults and Adults with Disabilities Housing Stability Pilot Program to award competitive grants to eligible entities including nonprofit community-based organizations, continuums of care, public housing authorities, and area agencies on aging. Grant funds would provide housing subsidies to older adults and adults with disabilities whose households are experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness.

Vanessa Gonzalez

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

Pat Blaisdell

Job title:
VP Policy
Phone number:
916-552-7553