Author: Perez V
BILL NUMBER: AB 916 AMENDED
AMENDED IN SENATE AUGUST 15, 2011
AMENDED IN ASSEMBLY MAY 27, 2011
INTRODUCED BY Assembly Member V. Manuel Perez
( Coauthors: Assembly Members Ammiano and Fuentes )
( Coauthor: Senator Leno )
FEBRUARY 18, 2011
An act relating to public health.
LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST
AB 916, as amended, V. Manuel Perez.
Existing law establishes training and certification programs for various
healing arts professionals including, among others, nurses, midwives,
occupational therapists, dietitians, and social workers.
This bill would require the State Department of Public Health to assess
the grants to promote positive health behaviors and outcomes available pursuant
to the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act for funding
opportunities related to the use of promotores, as defined, in medically
underserved communities, and to report on this assessment to the fiscal and
health policy committees of the Legislature by April 1, 2012, with
recommendations for attaining and maximizing federal funding.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
1216. (a) Every clinic holding a license shall, on or before the 15th day of
February each year, file with the Office of Statewide Health Planning and
Development upon forms to be furnished by the office, a verified report showing
the following information relating to the previous calendar year:
(1) Number of patients served and descriptive information, including age,
gender, race, and ethnic background of patients.
(2) Number of patient visits by type of service, including all of the
(A) Child health and disability prevention
, treatment, and followup services.
(B) Medical services.
(C) Dental services.
(D) Other health services.
(3) Total clinic operating expenses.
(4) Gross patient charges by payer category, including Medicare, Medi-Cal, the
Child Health Disability Prevention Program, county indigent programs, other
county programs, private insurance, self-paying patients, nonpaying patients,
and other payers.
(5) Deductions from revenue by payer category, bad debts, and charity care
(6) Additional information as may be required by the office or the department.
(b) In the event a clinic fails to file a timely report, the department may
suspend the license of the clinic until the report is completed and filed with
(c) In order to promote efficient reporting of accurate data, the office shall
consider the unique operational characteristics of different classifications of
licensed clinics, including, but not limited to, the limited scope of services
provided by some specialty clinics, in its design of forms for the collection
of data required by this section.
(d) For the purpose of administering funds appropriated from the Cigarette and
Tobacco Products Surtax Fund for support of licensed clinics, clinics receiving
those funds may be required to report any additional data the office or the
department may determine necessary to ensure the equitable distribution and
appropriate expenditure of those funds. This shall include, but not be limited
to, information about the poverty level of patients served and communicable
diseases reported to local health departments.
(e) This section shall apply to all primary care clinics.
(f) This section shall apply to all specialty clinics, as defined in paragraph
(2) of subdivision (a) of Section 1204 of the Health and Safety Code that
receive tobacco tax funds pursuant to Article 2 (commencing with Section 30121)
of Chapter 2 of Part 13 of Division 2 of the Revenue and Taxation Code.
(g) Specialty clinics that are not required to report pursuant to subdivision
(f) shall report data as directed in Section 1216 as it existed prior to the
enactment of Chapter 1331 of the Statutes of 1989 and Chapter 51 of the
Statutes of 1990.
SECTION 1. (a) The State Department of Public Health shall assess the
grants to promote positive health behaviors and outcomes available pursuant to
Section 399V of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Public
Law 111-148) for funding opportunities related to the use of promotores, also
known as community health workers, in medically underserved communities. The
department shall report on this assessment to the fiscal and health policy
committees of the Legislature by April 1, 2012, with recommendations for
attaining and maximizing federal funding.
(b) The assessment made by the department pursuant to subdivision (a)
shall rely upon past research about the efficacy of promotores and the
department may not conduct new research.
(c) For purposes of this section, "promotores" means promotores de salud,
also known as community health workers, peer leaders, or health advocates, who
serve as a bridge between the community and the public health care system by
providing health education, health promotion, prevention, informational
counseling and referral information, as well as resources, in a manner that is
culturally and linguistically appropriate.
(d) (1) The report to be submitted pursuant to subdivision (a) shall be
submitted in compliance with Section 9795 of the Government Code.
(2) Pursuant to Section 10231.5 of the Government Code, this section shall
remain in effect only until April 1, 2015, and as of that date is