In response to the passage of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which essentially removed the individual mandate penalty, California Legislature took measures to reinstate the individual mandate penalty via Senate Bill (SB) 78.Learn More
Policy at a Glance
IHPL develops informative policy briefs regarding bills before the State Legislature, many of which have gathered significant national attention. They review the specifics of pending bills, examining supporters and opponents, their rationale, and the bills' implication for Seventh-day Adventist health systems. The briefs are available for viewing below.
Currently, physicians are not required to provide complete information for why a medical exemption is being issued. SB 276 has been introduced to tackle this and other issues but has met with a great deal of pushback from parents and organizations.Learn More
California SB 201 proposes to ban medically unnecessary procedures on the sex characteristics of intersex minors until they can give informed consent.Learn More
This new federal legislation would enable older adults and individuals with disabilities to access dental care under Medicare Part B.Learn More
State and federal lawmakers are working to protect patients from unexpected medical bills. Currently, there is no federal legislation addressing the issue and only six states offer comprehensive protection against surprise medical bills.Learn More
In this issue of 'Policy At A Glance', we provide a roundup of five health bills that garnered attention but were ultimately vetoed by the Governor in 2018.Learn More