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2021-22 Legislation

AB 32 (Aguiar-Curry) - Telehealth

Position: TBD

Bill Summary:

 

This bill would increase access to care by deleting certain existing laws within the Medi-Cal program and the Knox-Keene Act that don't provide the same extent of reimbursement for telehealth services as the same service through in-person diagnosis, consultation, or treatment.

Furthermore, the bill would require, indefinitely, the continued telehealth flexibilities in place during the COVID-19 pandemic state of emergency, Medi-Cal telehealth policy revisions, benefits of telehealth in Medi-Cal assessment, and for findings and recommendations from the evaluation to be reported to the appropriate policy and fiscal committees.

*This bill would declare that it is to take effect immediately as an urgency statute.*

AB 285 (Holden) - State School Nurse Consultant

Position: N/A

Bill Summary:

 

This bill would require the State Department of Education to appoint a state school nurse consultant to be housed within the department. It would also require the state school nurse consultant to:

 

  1. Be a registered nurse with a minimum of 5 years of management experience,

  2. Work with school districts and school nurses to promote quality school nursing services and school health programs, and

  3. Annually report to the Governor and the Legislature a summary of the year's activities and specific recommendations.

AB 410 (Fong) - Nurse Licensure Compact

Position: TBD

Bill Summary:

 

This bill would enact the Nurse Licensure Compact, under which the Board of Registered Nursing and the Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians would be authorized to issue a multistate license that would authorize the holder to practice as a registered nurse or a licensed vocational nurse, as applicable, in all party states under a multistate licensure privilege.

By authorizing out-of-state licensees to practice in this state under the multistate compact privilege created by the bill, the bill would expand the scope of the criminal provisions of the Nursing Practice Act and Vocational Nursing Practice Act, thereby imposing a state-mandated local program.

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