The following is a list of policies and legislation currently monitored by the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California.

2017 California Assembly Bills

AB 937 – POLST & surrogates
Author: Assembly Member Eggman
Description: This bill provides that the most recent document executed by the individual themselves should control if there is an inconsistency in the expression of treatment preferences. If this bill passes then a person who executes any document (POLST or Advance Directive) that states a treatment preference, but later loses capacity, would be unable to have their updated wishes expressed through a POLST form.
Status:  Senate–In committee–Judiciary
CCCC Position: Opposed

2017 California Senate Bills

SB 294 – Hospices: palliative care
Author: Senator Hernandez
Description:Would authorize a licensed hospice to provide palliative care services and would authorize these services to be provided concurrently with curative treatment to a person who does not have a terminal prognosis or who has not elected to receive hospice services only by licensed and certified hospices.
Status: Senate–In committee–Health
CCCC Position: Co-sponsored with CHAPCA

2016 California Assembly Bills

No Assembly Bills are being tracked at this time.

2016 California Senate Bills

SB 586 – Children’s services
Author: Senator Hernandez
Co-Author: Assembly Members Alejo, Bonta, and Chávez
Description: This bill would authorize the California Children’s Services (CCS) program to establish a Whole Child Model program, under which managed care plans under county organized health systems or Regional Health Authority that elect, and are selected, to participate would provide CCS services under a capitated payment model to Medi-Cal and State Children’s Health Insurance Program (S-CHIP) eligible CCS children and youth.
Status: Governor — Enrolled
CCCC Position: Tracking

SB 1002 – End of Life Option Act: telephone number
Author: Senator Monning
Co-Authors: Senator Wolk and Assembly Member Eggman
Description: This bill would require the State Department of Public Health on or before January 1, 2017, to post a toll-free telephone number on its Internet Web site for the purpose of receiving and responding to inquiries regarding the End of Life Option Act. The bill’s language was recently amended to remove a requirement that the department “establish and maintain” the toll-free telephone number. Language was also added to include, “The toll-free telephone number may be an existing telephone number staffed by the department or an existing telephone number of another department with an existing consumer assistance telephone line. The telephone line shall have a protocol for responding to callers in crisis.”
Status: Senate–In committee–Appropriations
CCCC Position: Tracking

SCR 117 – Relative to palliative care
Author: Senator Pan
Description: This measure would encourage the State of California to study the status and importance of coordinated palliative care and to develop solutions, tools, and best practices for providing better patient-centered care and information to individuals with chronic diseases in California.
Status: Chaptered
CCCC Position: Tracking

2016 Federal Bills

H.R. 3119 /S.2748 – Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act (PCHETA)
Author: Engel (D-NY)
Description: Amends the Public Health Service Act to increase the number of permanent faculty in palliative care at accredited allopathic and osteopathic medical schools, nursing schools, social work schools, and other programs, including physician assistant education programs, to promote education and research in palliative care and hospice, and to support the development of faculty careers in academic palliative medicine.
CCCC Position: Tracking


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