CSAC Bulletin Article

Health and Human Services update 3/14/2014

CalWORKs

AB 1452 (Stone) – Support
As Introduced on January 8, 2014

AB 1452, by Assembly Member Mark Stone, would increase the amount of homeless assistance funding available to a family of four from $65 to $75. It would also require annual adjustments of the amount based on increases or decreases in cost of living expenses. 
CSAC supports the measure, which is set for hearing March 25 in the Assembly Human Services Committee.

AB 1654 (Bonilla) – Support
As Introduced on February 11, 2014 

AB 1654, by Assembly Member Susan Bonilla, would increase the amount of the child support pass through for those on CalWORKs aid from $50 for one child and $100 for a family with two or more children to $100 and $200 respectively. 

CSAC supports the measure, which is set for hearing on March 25 in the Assembly Human Services Committee. 

Social Services

SB 1029 (Hancock) – Support
As Introduced on February 14, 2014

SB 1029, by Senator Loni Hancock, would authorize CalWORKs and CalFresh benefits for individuals in the community who were convicted of a drug felony after December 31, 1997. CSAC supports the measure, which is set for hearing on April 8 before the Senate Human Services Committee. 

SB 909 (Pavley) – Support
As Introduced on January 23, 2014

SB 909, by Senator Fran Pavley, would permit a social worker to authorize an initial medical, dental, and mental health screening for children in temporary custody without parental consent or a court order. 
SB 909 is sponsored by Los Angeles County and will assist all counties in expediting needed health care for the children in our custody. Further, this measure is not a mandate and may reduce county costs by allowing children to receive basic medical care before mounting a costly effort to gain parental or judicial consent. 

CSAC strongly supports SB 909, which is set for hearing on April 8 in the Senate Human Services Committee. 

Health

SB 1150 (Hueso) and SB 1224 (Correa) – Support
Both Introduced on February 20, 2014

SB 1150 by Senator Ben Hueso and SB 1224 by Senator Lou Correa are identical bills that would allow federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) and Rural Health Centers (RHCs) to be reimbursed by Medi-Cal for two visits by a patient with a single or different health care professional on the same day at a single location. 

Specifically, both bills would allow for billing for two visits when a patient has a medical visit and an additional visit with a mental health practitioner or a dental professional. They are also both sponsored by Orange County. 
CSAC understands that SB 1150 will be the primary vehicle for this policy, with Senator Correa signing on as a co-author. CSAC supports both measures, which have been referred to the Senator Health Committee but not yet set for hearing. 

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