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Legislation Update

 

Right now a lot of bills have passed the policy committee and are on their way to the Appropriations Committee, where legislators take a look at the costs of the bills, and a few bills are further along in the process. Each bill that was discussed on the Network call on 5/7 is listed below, with its current location.

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 87 (Stone) - Peremptory Juror Challenges
Passed out of Assembly, now at Senate Judiciary Committee

AB 329 (Weber) - The California Healthy Youth Act
In Assembly Appropriations

AB 339 (Gordon) - Prescription Drug Cost Sharing
In Assembly Appropriations

AB 366 (Bonta) - Medi-Cal Provider Reimbursement Rates
In Assembly Appropriations

AB 827 (O'Donnell) - Teacher Training on LGBT-supportive Resources
In Assembly Appropriations

AB 830 (Eggman) - Gender Violence
Passed out of Assembly, now in the Senate

AB 959 (Chiu) - LGBT Disparities Reduction Act
In Assembly Appropriations

AB 960 (Chiu) - Equal Protection of All Families Act
On Assembly Floor

SB 137 (Hernandez) - Accurate Provider Directories
In Senate Appropriations

SB 243 (Hernandez) - Medi-Cal Provider Reimbursement Rates
In Senate Appropriations

SB 524 (Lara) - Licensing for Therapeutic Group Homes
In Senate Appropriations

SB 703 (Leno) - State Contracting and Equal Benefits
In Senate Appropriations

SB 731 (Leno) - Appropriate Placements for Foster Youth
In Senate Appropriations

 

Webinar on Human Trafficking Programs and Services

 

You are invited! Please join the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Region 9 San Francisco Human Trafficking Workgroup for a Human Trafficking Programs and Services Webinar which will be held on Wednesday, May 27, from 2:30 - 4:00 PM (PDT).

 

To register, click on the following link: https://eventbrite.com/event/16854188331/

 

Bridging Ryan White Providers & FQHCs - Webinar Series

 

Join HIV Medicine Association and the RWMPC for a webinar series to learn about opportunities for Ryan White providers to partner with or to become Federally Qualified Health Centers.  Each session is a standalone presentation and discussion with experts from Feldesman+Tucker+Leifer+Fidell. Reading resource recommendations will be offered to enhance learning in between the webinar sessions.

May 27 - Pathways to Becoming an FQHC
June 10 - Ryan White & FQHC Collaborative Agreement Opportunities

More Information and registration online at www.hivclinician.org

 

Sign-On Letters: Increasing SOGI Data Collection in EHRs

 

Attached are two public comments that will be submitted to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) on Friday May 29th promoting actions they can take to increase sexual orientation and gender identity (SO/GI) data collection in Electronic Health Records.  


 

The Fenway Institute and the Center for American Progress have worked closely with colleagues at the Mayo Clinic and the National Partnership for Women and Families to analyze the proposed rules that CMS and ONC published March 30th and to develop community comments in response.


 

CMS's proposed Stage 3 rule says nothing about SO/GI. This is a major missed opportunity, and inconsistent with all the steps HHS is taking to increase SO/GI data collection on health surveys. It also ignores calls by the Institute of Medicine and the Joint Commission for inclusion of SO/GI in Meaningful Use. Our comment asks CMS to explicitly require the collection and use of SO/GI data in Stage 3 Meaningful Use.

CMS Comment Letter


 

ONC's proposed health IT certification requirements call for creating a module to collect SO/GI data, but this will be optional, not mandatory. We are asking ONC to require that EHR vendors include SO/GI fields as part of the Demographics criterion and in the Common Clinical Data Set. Other demographic data-including race/ethnicity, language, age, sex-are required, but SO/GI is not.

ONC Comment Letter


 

Please sign on here by close of business May 28th

Make sure you have approval from your organization's leadership to sign on.

 

Funding Opportunity - Covered California Navigator Grant

 

Covered California has released the Request For Applications for the next round of Navigator funding:  http://hbex.coveredca.com/navigator-program/Navigators are Certified Enrollment Counselors that assist Consumers through a variety of outreach, education, enrollment, post enrollment, and renewal support services.

Application Deadline: June 1, 2015

Previously, the LGBT HHS Network has coordinated a collaborative application for organizations interested in applying together. This year we will not be putting together a group application, but we are happy to support any organizations that are applying however we can.

 

Upcoming Network Meetings:
Network calls are scheduled for the first Thursday of every month, from
10:00 -  11:00 am
June 4
August 6
September 3
Contact Us: 
Kate Burch, Network Director
kburch@health-access.org     
510-873-8787 x106
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