2017 Legislative Session Updates

It’s been another busy legislative year for us so far, with bills of interest moving forward in both the Assembly and the Senate. An important part of our work at CCCC is to track and take action on legislation that impacts the space of palliative care, hospice, or advance care planning. To keep up with […]


Gov. Brown signs AB 637 allowing NPs and PAs to sign POLST forms

Nurse practitioners, physician assistants able to sign medical orders for life-sustaining treatment preferences starting January 2016 Today Gov. Jerry Brown signed AB 637, authorizing nurse practitioners and physician assistants, under the direction of a physician and within their scope of practice, to sign Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) forms and make them actionable medical […]


Medi-Cal working to provide access to palliative care for adults thanks to SB 1004

On January 1, 2015, an important law impacting access to palliative care in California went into effect. Senate Bill 1004 (Hernandez) requires Medi-Cal to issue guidance on the medical conditions and prognoses that make a beneficiary eligible for palliative care, and provide technical assistance to Medi-Cal managed care plans to ensure the delivery of palliative […]


Gov. Brown signs SB 1004, Medi-Cal to cover palliative care for adults

By Judy Thomas, JD, Executive Director Coalition for Compassionate Care of California @JudyThomasJD Yesterday afternoon California Gov. Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 1004 (Hernandez), which will require Medi-Cal to establish standards and provide technical assistance to Medi-Cal managed care plans and ensure the delivery of palliative care services to Medi-Cal beneficiaries. SB 1004 requires that […]