Health Facilities

Pending
AB 1895 (Weber, D-La Mesa)
Concerns
Passed the Assembly floor on May 21. July 3 hearing in the Senate Health Committee.

AB 1895 would require general acute care hospitals whose labor and delivery (L&D) units are at risk of closure within six months to report specified information to the California Department of Public Health, Department of Health Care Access and Information, and the chairs of the Senate and Assembly Health committees. This information includes the number of medical staff and employees working in the maternity ward and the number of deliveries per month over the past 12 months. The bill would also require hospitals that have L&D units at risk of closure to provide public notice of the potential closure and to post that notice on their websites 90 days in advance of the proposed closure. CHA continues to work with Dr. Weber’s office to address hospitals’ concerns. 

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 2300 (Wilson, D-Suisun City)
Follow
Passed the Assembly floor on May 22. June 26 hearing in the Senate Health Committee. To be heard in the Senate Environmental Quality Committee.

AB 2300 would phase out the manufacture, sale, or distribution of IV bags and IV tubing made with intentionally added Di (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP). Beginning Jan. 1, 2030, the manufacture, sale, or distribution of IV bags with intentionally added DEPH would be prohibited. Beginning Jan. 1, 2035, this prohibition would be extended to all IV tubing. Certain blood kits, bags, and tubing would be exempted from this prohibition.

Vanessa Gonzalez

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

Savannah Tapia

Job title:
Policy Associate
Phone number:
916-552-7618
Pending
SB 1300 (Cortese, D-Campbell) 
Oppose Unless Amended
Passed the Assembly Health Committee on June 18. To be heard in the Assembly Appropriations Committee.

SB 1300 would extend the notice period for proposed closures or eliminations of inpatient psychiatric or maternity services from 90 days to 120 days. It would also require the facilities to provide an impact analysis report (paid for by the hospital) to the Department of Health Care Access and Information. If the loss of beds would impact the community’s health, the bill would also require the California Department of Public Health to prioritize and expedite the licensing of additional beds as necessary to mitigate the negative impacts identified in the report.

Vanessa Gonzalez

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

Trina Gonzalez

Job title:
VP Policy
Phone number:
916-552-7543
Pending
SB 1439 (Ashby, D-Sacramento) 
Support
Passed the Senate on May 20. June 19 hearing in the Assembly Local Government Committee. To be heard in the Housing and Community Development Committee.

SB 1439 would expand the legal definition of “exempt surplus land” to include specified sites within the city of Sacramento that are intended for the development of health facilities.

Vanessa Gonzalez

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

Trina Gonzalez

Job title:
VP Policy
Phone number:
916-552-7543