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Join us to hear updates about legislation, an overview of the proposed ACA nondiscrimination regulations, and some immigration 101 education.

Updates and Upcoming Opportunities

Legislation Waiting for the Governor's Signature

Many bills important to LGBT communities passed out of the state Assembly and Senate earlier this month, and now we're waiting to see what to Governor Brown will do.

Now is the time to send in comment letters to the Governor's office!

You can find descriptions of each of these bill, along with a contact person, fact sheet, and sample letter for many of them, on our website ( www.californialgbthealth.org/legislation)

AB 329 (Weber) - The California Healthy Youth Act
AB 339 (Gordon) - Prescription Drug Cost Sharing
AB 521 (Nazarian) HIV Testing in Hospitals
AB 827 (O'Donnell) - Teacher Training on LGBT-supportive Resources
AB 959 (Chiu) - LGBT Disparities Reduction Act
AB 960 (Chiu) - Equal Protection of All Families Act
SB 4 (Lara) - Health 4 All - Undocumented Access to Covered CA
SB 137 (Hernandez) - Accurate Provider Directories
SB 703 (Leno) - State Contracting and Equal Benefits
SB 731 (Leno) - Appropriate Placements for Foster Youth

Bills that have been signed by Governor Brown:
AB 87 (Stone) - Peremptory Juror Challenges
AB 418 (Chiu) - Termination of Tenancy for Victims of Violent Crime
AB 830 (Eggman) - Gender Violence

Reducing Disparities Project - Call for Proposals

Proposals are due October 23 by 3 pm
California's Office of Health Equity has released the solicitations for Phase II of the California Reducing Disparities Project (CRDP) funded by the Mental Health Services Act. Community organizations are particularly encouraged to respond to the solicitations for the Capacity Building and Implementation Pilot Projects, which will fund community-based promising practices to improve mental health in communities of color and LGBT communities.

Addenda to the proposals were issued September 17, and answers to questions have been posted online. Please be sure to look at these resources if you're submitting a proposal.

If you have any questions about the application process, you can contact Poshi Mikalson at lgbtqmentalhealth@att.net
Affordable Care Act Non-Discrimination Draft Rules
On September 8, the Dept of Health and Human Services released proposed regulations implementing Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act. Section 1557 prohibits discrimination on the grounds of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability in any health program or activity receiving federal money or administered under the ACA.

Public comment is due November 6
Directions for submitting comments can be found in the text of the proposed regulations.

This is the text of the proposed regulations: https://s3.amazonaws.com/public-inspection.federalregister.gov/2015-22043.pdf

This is the Office of Civil Rights fact sheet on the proposed regulations: http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/civilrights/understanding/section1557/nprmsummary.html

This is Transgender Law Center's blog on the proposed regulations: http://transgenderlawcenter.org/archives/11956

Upcoming Network Meetings:
Network calls are scheduled for the first Thursday of every month, from
10:00 -  11:00 am
October 1
November 5
December 3
Contact Us: 
Kate Burch, Network Director
510-873-8787 x106
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