The 2015-16 Legislative Session Kicks Off!

On Monday, January 5, 2015, California’s statewide elected officials returned to Sacramento.  Governor Jerry Brown was sworn into his historic fourth term as California’s Governor in front of the California Legislature, Constitutional and Judicial Officers.

The Governor is now focused on presenting his budget proposal on January 9. Concurrently, the Legislature will focus their priorities on introducing measures to be considered in policy and fiscal committees.  The Legislature has until February 27, to introduce measures in their respective houses for consideration.

As Legislators settle into the legislative session, the ACHD Advocacy Team will be busy meeting the newly elected members of the Legislature and monitoring introduced legislation to determine their impact on Healthcare Districts and the ALPHA Fund.

This year, ACHD’s Advocates have shifted policy issue areas.  Issue areas are divided as follows:

Amber Wiley, Senior Legislative Advocate

  • Workers Comp: MRSA, Employment/Labor
  • Labor Relations: HR, OSHA, Employment/Labor, MMBA, Retirement
  • Local Government: Local taxes, Public Works, LAFCO, Energy, Elections, CEQA
  • Governance: Brown Act, Audit, Transparency, Contracts, HCD, JPA, Special Districts
  • Workforce: Scope of Practice, Education, HPSA/MUA/MUP, Licensing, Loan Forgiveness
  • Coverage: Uninsured/Underinsured, Medi-caid, Medi-Cal, Reimbursement, DHLF, ACA/Covered California, Veterans, MICRA

Sheila Johnston, Legislative Advocate

  • Clinics: FQHC, RHC, Dental, SNF, Urgent Care, Hospice, Primary Care, Adult Day, Free-Standing Emergency Departments
  • Hospitals: Regulations, Seismic, Employment, Licensing, Corrections, Peer Review, Design Build
  • Ambulance: Ambulance, Emergency Services
  • Community Health: Vaccinations/Immunizations, Infectious Diseases, Dietetics, Preventative, Disease Management, School Health/Nutrition, Food Access, Wellness, Screening
  • Health Care Services: Telehealth, Mental Health, Primary Care, Veteran’s, Specialty Services, Palliative Care
  • Coverage: Uninsured/Underinsured, Medi-caid, Medi-Cal, Reimbursement, DHLF, ACA/Covered California, Veterans, MICRA

To stay updated with the most recent legislative news, please visit our website, twitter and facebook pages.  Please contact the Advocacy Team with any questions.

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