Brown signs bills authored by local State Assembly members

  ·  Bryan M. Gold, The Galt Herald   ·   Link to Article

State Assembly members who represent the Galt area had various bills signed by Gov. Jerry Brown, and there is legislation moving through the process that the governor could eventually sign into law.

Brown last month signed AB 2187 authored by Assembly Member Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova), whose district includes Herald. The legislation clarifies that part of the fee collected for copies of a child’s birth certificate will help fund child abuse prevention and intervention programs.

Before Brown signed Cooley’s bill, the fee collected remained in the county where the child was born and did not necessarily follow the child into the county where he or she would be raised.

“Given the current nature of health care delivery, in which health insurance rules may dictate what delivery facilities are in a patient’s ‘network,’ some patients may not have a choice but to deliver outside the county in which they live,” Cooley said last month. “As a result, the birth certificate fee revenue is lost to the county in which they delivered, not the county where services may be used.”

Brown in March signed AB 369 authored by Dr. Richard Pan (D-Sacramento), whose district includes Galt and Acampo.

The legislation allows patients forced to change health insurance plans in the middle of treatment for serious cases such as cancer, terminal illness, pregnancy and other conditions to maintain their health care provider and their treatment, even if the provider is not participating in the new health plan.

Pan also authored the legislation that helped create the Covered California exchange that allows people to obtain affordable medical insurance.

The passage of AB 369 occurred when several individual health policies were canceled during a four-month period due to the higher standards created by the Affordable Care Act.

“People who are injured or sick should not be denied their current treatment,” said Pan, a pediatrician. “This bill is needed for many who must have their care completed without disruption. During these critical times of need, we must ensure that patients can keep their care and their doctor.”

AB 1571, authored by Assembly Member Susan Talamantes Eggman (D-Stockton), was amended twice in her chamber and last month was amended in the State Senate.

Eggman, whose district includes Thornton, said her bill would improve oversight and standard of care at residential elder care facilities. The bill is part of a legislative package known as the Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly (RCFE) Reform Act.

The Assembly and the Senate are out of session until Aug. 4. However, Brown is still reviewing legislation that reached his desk before both legislative chambers adjourned.