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Public Hospitals and Health Systems Legislation

AB 2546 (Salas) – Support Enrolled on August 21, 2014

AB 2546, by Assembly Member Rudy Salas, authorizes and provides a statutory framework for Kern County to form the Kern County Hospital Authority. The Hospital Authority positions Kern to evolve with the changing health care landscape and innovate to better serve its low-income residents. CSAC supports AB 2546, which is enrolled and awaits the Governor’s action.
AB 39 (Skinner) – Concerns
As Amended on August 20, 2014
AB 39, by Assembly Member Skinner would require the Department of Health Care Services to seek federal approval to add Doctors Medical Center to the list of designated public hospitals. CSAC appreciates the important role and unique challenges associated with Doctors Medical Center, which is a district hospital in San Pablo in Contra Costa County. CSAC raised a number of concerns regarding the precedent of expanding the number of designated public hospitals. 
AB 39 was held in Senate Rules Committee. However, SB 883 (Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review) was amended on August 30 to provide financial support for Doctors Medical Center. SB 883 would appropriate $3 million from the Major Risk Medical Insurance Fund to the West Contra Costa Healthcare District for support of the Doctors Medical Center. The measure passed off the Assembly and Senate floor early Saturday morning and is headed to the Governor.

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