The California Senior Legislature thanks Governor Brown for signing into law the following legislative bills supported by CSL:
AB 6 (Fuentes)
This bill repeals provisions relating to fingerprinting for eligibility purposes under the CalWORKS and CalFresh programs, and also repeals the quarterly reporting requirements under the CalWORKS program. In addition, the bill would require the development of a utility assistance initiative.
AB 56 ( Hill)
Prohibits a public utility from recovering any fine or penalty in any rate approved by the Public Utilities Commission. The bill requires the utility to file reports with specified entities describing how the utility is spending ratepayer funds approved for expenditure by the commission.
AB 69 ( Beall)
Relates to the CalFresh Program. Requires the Department of Social Services seek a federal waiver, demonstration project or other authority to establish a pilot project in 2 areas of the state to more easily enroll eligible recipients into the CalFresh program.
AB 151 (Monning)
This bill requires an insurer to make available Medicare Supplemental benefit plans, A, B,C and F, and benefit plan K and L, or benefit plan M or N. The bill also extends eligibility for specific Medicare supplemental coverage to individuals enrolled in an Medicare Advantage (HMO) plan that increases its premium.
AB 210 (Solorio)
This bill amends existing law that establishes the Emergency medical Services System and the Prehospital Emergency Medical Care Personnel Act. It requires the membership of an emergency medical care committee in each county to be representative of the emergency medical service system.
AB 641 (Feuer)
This bill improves oversight of skilled nursing facilities and protect their residents by ensuring citation appeals are properly dealt with in a timely manner and violations are met with a proper level of response.
AB 1293 (Blumenfield)
Authorizes the prosecuting agency in conjunction with a criminal proceeding alleging theft or embezzlement of property worth a minimum amount to file a petition of forfeiture with the superior court of the county in which the defendant has been charged with an underlying criminal offense, and alleging that the defendant has acquired the property or proceeds through theft or embezzlement of an elder or dependent adult's property.
SB 44 (Corbett)
Requires the Public Utilities Commission to open an appropriate proceeding or expand the scope of an existing proceeding to establish compatible emergency response standards that owners or operators of commission-regulated gas pipeline facilities would be required to follow.
SB 51 (Alquist)
Relates to the federal Affordable Care Act of that prohibits a health insurance issuer from establishing lifetime limits or unreasonable annual limits on the dollar value of benefits for any participant or beneficiary. Requires the issuance of guidance and regulations relating to medical loss ratios.
SB 897 (Leno)
Relates to the California Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly (RCFE) Act. Enacts the RCFE Residents Foreclosure Protection act of 2011, requires the licensee of a facility to notify the department of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman, and authorizes the department to initiate a compliance plan, noncompliance conference, or other appropriate action.
Read more information about hearing dates and other issues related to these bills by visiting the CSL website at www.4csl.org