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PPAC 2021 Legislative Priorities

PPAC is sponsoring or co-sponsoring the following legislation this legislative session:

  • AB 32 (Aguiar-Curry) Telehealth: Expanding Healthcare Accessibility. Ensures Californians will have continued equal access to telehealth after the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency. Maintains payment parity in Medi-Cal for audio and video telehealth visits and remote enrollment into Medi-Cal programs like FamilyPACT, PE4PW, EWC, and Medi-Cal Minor Consent.
  •  SB 245 (Gonzalez) Abortion Accessibility Act. Increases abortion access by prohibiting California-licensed health plans and insurers from applying patient cost-sharing (including deductibles, copayments, or coinsurance) to abortion and abortion-related services.  
  • AB 1184 (Chiu) Confidential Health Information. Expands California’s existing patient protections to ensure information about any sensitive services is sent only to the patient,  not to any other health plan subscribers such as a parent or spouse.
  • AB 1356 (Bauer-Khan) Health Center Safety & Security. Protects reproductive health care employees, providers, volunteers and patients by updating and strengthening the FACE Act. Also prohibits malicious videography and photography on reproductive health center premises to protect the privacy and safety of reproductive health center patients, providers, staff, and volunteers.

PPAC is also working on state budget priorities that relate to protecting and expanding audio and video telehealth visits, preventing Medi-Cal lab rate cuts (“clawbacks”) during the STI epidemic, and continuing Proposition 56 investment in California’s public health programs.

Along with the sponsored and co-sponsored legislation, PPAC is also monitoring legislation that addresses inequities within California’s institutions that intersect with reproductive freedom and health care access—such as legislation relating to racial justice, criminal justice, and immigrants’ rights.

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