Doctors and Nurses
AB 10 by Assembly member Hector De La Torre (D-South Gate) was amended to require the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development to provide an annual report detailing health care work force trends to the Department of Health Care Services. Currently, the report goes to the Legislature. The bill calls for DHCS to consider the report in setting Medi-Cal reimbursement rates (Bill text, 8/6). The legislation is before the Senate (Bill status, 8/6).
Assembly member Fiona Ma's (D-San Francisco) AB 1829 was amended to delay until 2011 the deadline for the state Nurse-Family Program to raise money to fund its work. The program aims to provide nurse visits to low-income women during their first pregnancy. The program does not receive funding from the state general fund for its operations (Bill text, 8/11). The Senate Rules Committee is considering the bill (Bill status, 8/11).