Pending Legislation

The following is a list of legislation that the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California engaged in or followed during the 2023-2024 legislative session. More in-depth analysis and discussion of public policy activities is available to CCCC members in the Public Policy Newsletter. Not a member? Join today!

California Legislation 

The 2023 legislative session has ended. Unless otherwise noted, bills that were enacted in 2023 will go into effect on January 1, 2024. Please see our Enacted Legislation page for all related legislation enacted in 2023. 

 

AB 518  | Paid family leave: eligibility: care for designated persons

Author: Assembly Member Wicks

Description: This bill would expand eligibility for benefits under the paid family leave program to include individuals who take time off work to care for a seriously ill designated person. The bill would define “designated person” to mean any individual related by blood or whose association with the employee is the equivalent of a family relationship. The bill would authorize the employee to identify the designated person when they file a claim for benefits. The bill would make conforming changes to the definitions of the terms “family care leave” and “family member.” The bill would make these changes operative on and after July 1, 2024.
CCCC Position: Follow

Status 11/1/2023: Failed in Senate; will not move forward in 2023.

AB 743 | Remote Online Notaries Public
Author: Assembly Member Petrie-Norris

Description: This bill would authorize a notary public or an applicant for appointment as a notary public to apply for registration with the Secretary of State to be a notary public authorized to perform online notarizations by submitting an application that meets certain requirements. The bill would require the Secretary of State to develop an application for registration and establish rules to implement the bill by January 1, 2028.
CCCC Position: Follow

Status 11/1/2023: Failed in Assembly; will not move forward in 2023 session.

AB 1005 | In-Home Supportive Services: Terminal Illness Diagnosis

Author: Assembly Member Alvarez

Description: This bill would, before the discharge of a patient diagnosed with a terminal illness, require the diagnosing healthcare provider to ask the patient or authorized person if they are interested in receiving information about the IHSS program and, if interest is expressed, require the healthcare provider to provide the information, including an IHSS application, the IHSS eligibility criteria, and the option for a family member to provide care as an IHSS provider subject to the IHSS provider enrollment conditions. If the patient seeks to apply for services under the IHSS program, the bill would require the healthcare provider to provide a copy of the healthcare certification form and to complete the applicable portion before the patient’s discharge. Under this bill, if a patient diagnosed with a terminal illness seeks to apply for services under the IHSS program and receives a healthcare certification form that is completed by a healthcare provider, the patient would be authorized to elect to have the application process expedited by the county.
CCCC Position: Follow

Status 11/1/23: Failed in Senate; will not move forward in 2023 session.

AB 1117 | Hospice Agency Licensure
Author: Assembly Member Irwin

Description: This bill would require any hospice agency obtaining a license to obtain certification to participate in the federal Medicare program within 12 months of licensure and continuously serve patients as validated by data submission to the Department of Health Care Access and Information or forfeit its license.
CCCC Position: Follow

Status 11/1/2023: Failed to pass Senate; will not move forward in 2023.


Federal Legislation 

 

S.1845  | Expanding Access to Palliative Care Act (Rosen, D-NV)

Orders the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation to develop and implement a model to provide community-based palliative care and care coordination for high-risk beneficiaries, in co-management with other providers of services and suppliers, aimed at improving outcomes and experience of care and reducing unnecessary or unwanted emergency department visits and hospitalizations (in this subsection referred to as the 15 ‘model’), and that is intended to replace the Medicare Care Choices Model.

CCCC Position: Follow

Status 11/1/2023: Introduced in Senate 6/7/2023

S.2186  | Improving Access to Transfusion Care for Hospice Patients Act (Rosen, D-NV)

Requires the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation to test allowing blood transfusions to be paid separately from the Medicare hospice all-inclusive per diem payment.

CCCC Position: Follow

Status 11/1/2023: Introduced in Senate 6/7/2023 

S.2213  | Comprehensive Cancer Survivorship Act (Klobuchar, D-MN)

Addresses the health of cancer survivors and unmet needs that survivors face through the entire continuum of care from diagnosis through active treatment and posttreatment, in order to improve survivorship, treatment, transition to recovery and beyond, quality of life and palliative care, and long-term health outcomes, including by developing a minimum standard of care for cancer survivorship, irrespective of the type of cancer, a survivor's background, or forthcoming survivorship needs, and for other purposes.

CCCC Position: Follow

Status 11/1/2023: Introduced in Senate 6/7/2023 

S.2243  | Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act (PCHETA) (Baldwin, D-WI)

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 and other programs, including social work, physician assistant, and chaplaincy education programs, to promote education and research in palliative care and hospice, and to support the development of faculty careers in academic palliative and hospice care. A more complete description of the bill and its provisions can be found here.

CCCC Position: Support

Status 11/1/2023: Introduced in Senate 7/11/2023; referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, chaired by Sen. Bernie Sanders. Will be folded into bill package titled Primary Care and Health Workforce Expansion Act in September.