Gov. Davis Signs Several Health Bills Into Law
With only two days remaining in the 2001 Legislative session, Gov. Gray Davis (D) has signed the following health-related bills:
SB 298, sponsored by Sen. Liz Figueroa (D-Fremont), allows certified nurse-midwives to "furnish or order controlled substances under certain conditions" (Office of the Governor release, 9/12)
SB 344, sponsored by Sen. Deborah Ortiz (D-Sacramento), requires the state Department of Health Services to post certain information, including Medi-Cal program applications, on its Web site in a manner that does not require downloading, beginning March 1, 2002.
SB 454, sponsored by the Senate Insurance Committee, defines the term "health insurance" and specialized insurance in the Insurance code. The bill also extends the type of insurance the Mennonite Aid Plan may sell (Office of the Governor release, 9/11).
SB 813, sponsored by Sen. Joe Dunn (D-Santa Ana), establishes a "limited exception" to a law regarding using the term "hospital." The measure allows designated children's hospitals to refer to pediatric supplemental services as hospitals (Office of the Governor release, 9/12).