Pending Legislation

The following is a list of pending policies and legislation that the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California is currently engaged in or following during the 2021 legislative session:

California Legislation 

AB 1234 | Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) forms: Registry

Author: Assembly Member Dr. Joaquin Arambula

Description: Would require the California Health and Human Services Agency (CHHA) to create a statewide electronic POLST registry system and promulgate necessary regulations and timelines for implementation. The bill would also clarify in state law that (1) an electronic POLST form and communication have the same legal standing as a paper hardcopy POLST, and (2) electronic signatures can be used for the purposes of creating an advance health care directive and POLST form. AB 1234 was changed to a two-year bill.

CCCC Position: Sponsor 

Federal Legislation 

H.R. 647 | Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act (PCHETA)

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: Support