Legislation


AB 1810 – California

Status: Enacted
Year Introduced: 2018
Link: http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billStatusClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180AB1810

Omnibus Health Trailer Bill for 2018-19 (Intent for Universal Coverage, Creation of the Council on Health Care Delivery Systems, and Creation of the Health Care Cost Transparency Database): Among other parts of the bill, establishes the intent of the Legislature to provide coverage and access through a unified financing system for all Californians, to control health care and administrative costs, to ensure high-quality health care, to limit out-of-pocket costs, to train and employ an adequate health care workforce, and to ensure all Californians have timely access to necessary health care.

This bill would require the Exchange, in consultation with stakeholders and the Legislature, to develop options for providing financial assistance to help low- and middle-income Californians access health care coverage, as specified, and would require the Exchange to report those developed options to the Legislature, Governor, and Council on Health Care Delivery Systems on or before February 1, 2019.

This bill would establish the Council on Health Care Delivery Systems as an independent body to develop a plan that includes options for advancing progress toward achieving a health care delivery system in California that provides coverage and access through a unified financing system for all Californians, with three members appointed by the Governor and one each from the Senate Rules Committee and Speaker of the Assembly. The bill would require the council, on or before October 1, 2021, to submit a plan to the Legislature and Governor with options that include a timeline of the benchmarks and steps necessary to implement health care delivery system changes, including steps necessary to achieve a unified financing system.

This bill would also state the intent of the Legislature to establish a Health Care Cost Transparency Database to collect information regarding the cost of health care. The intent of the Legislature is to provide greater transparency regarding health care costs, and the information may be used to inform policy decisions regarding the provision of quality health care, reduce disparities, and reduce health care costs.The bill would require the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development to convene a review committee for purposes of advising the office on the establishment and implementation of the database. The bill would require, subject to appropriation, the office to establish, implement, and administer the database. The bill would exempt contracts entered into by the office from provisions of the Public Contract Code. The bill would require certain health care entities, including health care service plans, to provide specified information to the office for collection in the database. The bill would provide that a violation of these provisions is not a crime. It is the intent of the Legislature that the development of a Health Care Cost Transparency Database be substantially completed no later than July 1, 2023, pursuant to this chapter.

This bill, to the extent federal financial participation is available, any necessary federal approvals are obtained, and funds are appropriated by the Legislature for its purposes, would require the department to establish and operate, no sooner than July 1, 2019, a Cost-Based Reimbursement Clinic (CBRC) Directed Payment Program. The bill would require CBRCs, defined as clinics and hospital outpatient departments, except for emergency rooms, that are owned and operated by the County of Los Angeles and participated in a specified Medicaid demonstration project for the County of Los Angeles that contract with Medi-Cal managed care plans, as defined, to be reimbursed by the plans according to a Medi-Cal cost-based, fee-for-service methodology, as described.

The bill would authorize the program to subsidize the cost of medication for the prevention of HIV infection for uninsured individuals who are ineligible for a drug manufacturer’s medication assistance program. The bill would authorize the program to subsidize the cost of post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP)-related medical services for both insured and uninsured individuals, as specified. The bill would also authorize the program to subsidize, without regard to eligibility and for the prevention of HIV infection, up to 14 days of PrEP and PEP medication and up to 28 days of PEP medication for victims of sexual assault.


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