NARAL PRO-CHOICE CALIFORNIA CO-SPONSORED BILLS
Senate Bill 65, California Momnibus: Reimagining Maternal Health, authored by Senator Nancy Skinner
SB 65, the CA Momnibus bill would re-imagine maternal health in order to improve perinatal outcomes, close racial disparities in maternal and infant mortality and morbidity, and improve data collection and research on socioeconomic factors that contribute to negative birth outcomes. Status: Hearing set in Senate Health committee for 4/14.
Senate Bill 245, Abortion Accessibility Act, authored by Senator Lena Gonzalez
SB 245, the Abortion Accessibility Act, removes cost-sharing for abortion care so that no one in California is unable to access care because of the cost of the service. Did you know that many Californians have to pay hundreds, even thousands of dollars in out-of-pocket costs to access abortion care? California may lead the nation when it comes to protecting abortion rights, but without access to affordable care, the right to abortion is a right in name only. Status: Hearing set in Senate Health committee for 4/7.
Senate Bill 379, Equitable and Inclusive UC Healthcare Act, authored by Senator Scott Wiener
SB 379 would ensure that all UC healthcare providers practicing in non-UC facilities are able to provide comprehensive reproductive and LGBTQ-inclusive healthcare. Did you know that the University of California—the 4th largest healthcare provider in California, which trains over 50% of California’s medical students and residents, and treats millions of Californians every year—has entered contracts with hospitals that prohibit UC practitioners and students from providing reproductive and LGBTQ-inclusive healthcare? Reproductive and LGBTQ-inclusive care should not be denied by UC Health. Status: Awaiting hearing in Senate Health committee.
Senate Bill 523, Contraceptive Equity Act of 2021, authored by Senator Connie Leyva
SB 523 will expand and modernize birth control access in California, and ensure greater contraceptive equity statewide, regardless of an individual’s gender or insurance coverage status. Specifically, SB 523 will: 1). Make California’s contraceptive equity laws gender neutral; 2). Require coverage of over-the-counter birth control options to increase access to time-sensitive care; 3). Extend contraceptive coverage benefits to millions of Californians including state workers, university employees, and college students; and 4). Clearly prohibit employers from discriminating against their employees based on their contraceptive and reproductive health decisions. Status: Hearing set in Senate Labor committee for 4/5.
OTHER NARAL PRO-CHOICE CALIFORNIA SCORED BILLS
Assembly Bill 32 authored by Assemblymember Aguiar-Curry (SUPPORT)
AB 32 requires the State Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) to extend the telehealth flexibilities in place during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Additionally, AB 32 ensures patients will continue to have access to care by maintaining parity in reimbursement for telehealth services for Medi-Cal managed care plans. Status: Awaiting hearing in Assembly Health committee.
Assembly Bill 123 authored by Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez (SUPPORT)
AB 123 would increase wage replacement rates for the 18.7 million Californians covered under California’s Paid Family Leave program. Specifically, AB 123 would guarantee workers 90 percent of their income during the period of their leave. Status: Hearing set in Assembly Insurance committee for 4/15.
Assembly Bill 366 authored by Assemblymember Blanca Rubio (SUPPORT)
AB 366 will greatly improve the health outcomes of youth in care and ensure healthy futures for foster youth. Specifically, AB 366: 1). Extends the infant supplement currently available once a child is born to three months prior to the expected delivery date of the child; 2) Requires county social workers to include key information on access to education in reports to the juvenile courts; and 3) Requires the Department of Social Services, in collaboration with the Department of Health Care Services, and the Department of Public Health, to report health outcome and performance data on implementation of youths sexual and reproductive health education, rights, and barriers to care. Status: Hearing set in Assembly Human Services for 4/7.