CCCC has achieved a significant win on Assembly Bill 937 (Eggman), which would have prevented unnamed surrogates from speaking for their incapacitated loved ones. CCCC feared that the bill, in its current form, would cause more harm than good. (You can learn more about AB 937 here.)

AB 937’s author, Assemblymember Susan Eggman, has decided to make it a two-year bill. That means that AB 937 will stop moving forward in the current legislative session, but will pick up again in the 2018 session. This delay represents a significant achievement on our part: it buys us more time to us work with Assemblymember Eggman over the interim this fall, under less time pressure, to find a thoughtful resolution that works better for patients and clinicians.

CCCC was the only organization officially on record as “opposed” to this bill. We worked closely with the California Medical Association, whose official position was “concerned,” to achieve this victory, and we thank them for their efforts.

Dr. Karl Steinberg, board member of CCCC and Hospice by the Sea Medical Director, testified on the bill in both the Assembly Judiciary and Health Committees. He also helped to bring other organizations’ attention to this bill, and participated in key legislative meetings with Judy Thomas, our CEO.

Although we are not done with AB 937, we’re excited to move forward to work with Assemblymember Eggman and her staff to craft legislation that best meets the needs of patients and clinicians throughout the state. We’ll keep updating as the process continues.

One Response to “Good News on AB 937”

  1. Martie Lynch BS, PA-C

    To the leadership of CCCC,

    Thank you for this sustained and deeply considered effort to delay this piece of misguided legislation. I have been a supportive of CCCC for a few years and each victory for the organization means that thousands of our critically ill and actively dying patients are also victors. For them and for the work of CCCC I am deeply grateful. Organizations which support our work as physicians, PAs, NPs, Nurses, Social Workers and Pastoral Care staff give us hope for a well reasoned, patient-centered approach to dignified end of life care.
    Continued success and perseverance.
    Sincerely,
    Martie Lynch BS, PA-C
    San Diego, CA

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