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California Legislature 2007-08
First Regular Session
Bills of Interest to CSPD

December 1, 2007


      AB 1  (Laird) Children's Medi-Cal, Healthy Families Expansion - This bill would extend Medi-Cal eligibility from a family income of 100% of the federal poverty limit (FPL) to 133% for children 6-19 years of age, increase Healthy Families eligibility from 250% to 300% of the federal poverty level, and would create a HFP buy-in program for families whose household income exceeds 300%. The bill eliminates citizenship and immigration status requirements and allows applicants to self-certify income and asset values for the purpose of establishing eligibility for Healthy Families. It establishes a presumptive eligibility program top provide Medi-Cal benefits with no share of cost until eligibility is determined.
CSPD Position: Watch
Outcome: Stalled in Assembly. May be reconsidered in 2008.


AB 17  (Emmerson) California Dental Corps Loan Repayment Program - The Dental Corps Loan Repayment Program of 2002 allocated $3 million from the State Dentistry Fund (generated from dental licensing fees) to provide specified repayment of educational debt to dentists practicing for a specified length of time in designated dentally-underserved areas. There are no remaining funds available to maintain the program. This bill would continuously appropriate funds to sustain the program by requiring the Dental Board of California to provide an opportunity at the time of licensure application or renewal for a voluntary $50.00 contribution to the fund.
CSPD Position: Support
Outcome: Withdrawn

AB 269  (Eng) Dentist Demographic Data Collection - This bill would require dentists and licensed or registered dental auxiliaries at the time of initial licensure and renewal to report information regarding ADA-recognized specialty training, practice status and practice characteristics. It authorizes the Dental Board to post such information on its website. In addition, it authorizes an opportunity for the dentist and licensed auxiliaries to report information on their cultural background and foreign language proficiency and requires this aggregate information be complied and posted on the Dental Board of California website annually.
CSPD Position: Neutral
Outcome: Signed Into Law 10/5/07

AB 273  (Jones) Foster Care Preventive Health Assessments - Under existing law, when a child taken into temporary custody as a dependent child of the Court is in need of medical, dental or other remedial care, the assigned social worker or the juvenile court may authorize that care. This bill would additionally require annual preventive health examinations and semi-annual dental assessments for all children in foster care and that an appropriate referral be made when chronic or acute health care needs are suspected. Specifically, the bill would require semi annual examinations by a licensed dentist, including preventive and restorative care, beginning at age one. A child under age one would be referred to a dentist if during a preventive health assessment an oral condition is detected, suspected or found. The bill would extend Medi-Cal benefits to these children until age of 21.
CSPD Position: Support
Outcome: Stalled in Assembly. May be considered in 2008.

AB 363  (Berg) Payment to Federally Qualified Health Centers for Contracted Specialty Services - Existing law provides that the specified services of a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) covered under the state's Medi-Cal program are reimbursed to providers on a per-visit basis. This bill would permit a FQHC to receive Medi-Cal reimbursement for services provided at locations other than the FQHC site pursuant to a personal services agreement for professional services.
CSPD Position: Support
Outcome: Stalled in Assembly. May be considered in 2008.

AB 383  (Tran) Medi-Cal Orthodontic Services - Current Department of Health Service regulations require that periodic payment for active orthodontic services be paid according to a fixed schedule of "monthly" payments and only in months in which the patient is actually seen. This bill would require beginning July 1, 2008 that active and retentive phases of orthodontic treatment covered under the Medi-Cal program be reimbursed on a quarterly basis based on the estimated number of three-month periods the patient's treatment will require.
CSPD Position: Support
Outcome: Signed into Law 10/11/07

AB 834  (Hayashi) Children's Dental Disease Prevention Program Expansion - Existing law (often referred to as SB 111) authorizes local Children's Dental Disease Prevention Programs (CDDPP) to provide dental education and preventive services (fluoride treatments and sealants) to low-income children in preschool through sixth grade. This bill would focus the program on providing the most effective preventive services, authorize the Department of Health Services to approve CDDPP contracts with preference to programs which access additional funding resources (such as the Federally-supported Denti-Cal and Healthy Families programs), and provide a framework for the program's expansion. The Bill would modify the current $10.00 maximum reimbursement per child for services and administrative costs and establish instead a $10 minimum reimbursement with higher compensation when justified by projected services.
CSPD Position: Support - View CSPD's Letter of Support (PDF Document, 27 KB)
Outcome: Vetoed by the Governor

AB 895  (Aghazarian) Dental Insurers: Coordination of Benefits - This bill would require that a dental insurance plan providing secondary coverage must reimburse that amount of the charges not paid by the primary carrier, but not to exceed either (1) the maximum benefit of the plan when it is the primary carrier or (2) 100% of the total charges. The bill would require full and transparent disclosure of an insurer's coordination of benefits policy to the insured and to the purchaser of the plan.
CSPD Position: Support
Outcome: Signed into Law 7/30/07

SB 7  (Oropeza) Smoking in Vehicles with Minor Passengers - This bill would make it an infraction punishable by a fine not exceeding $100 for a person to smoke a pipe, cigar, or cigarette in a motor vehicle, whether in motion or at rest, in which there is a minor.
CSPD Position: Support
Outcome: Signed into Law 10/10/07

SB 238  (Aanestad) Medi-Cal Reimbursement for Dental Hygiene Services - Existing law requires the Director of Health Services (DHS) beginning This bill would allow Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) and Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) to be reimbursed by Medi-Cal for services provided by Registered Dental Hygienists and Registered Dental Hygienists in Alternative Practice and directs the state to obtain any necessary federal approvals to implement the bill.
CSPD Position: Support
Outcome: Signed into Law 10/13/07

SB 252  (Aanestad) Dental Licensing of Registered Sex Offenders - Would, with limited specified exceptions, deny a dental license to registered sex offenders.
CSPD Position: Support
Outcome: Signed into Law 6/22/07

SB 387  (Alquist) Death or Incapacity Dental Practice Transition - This bill would allow the spouse, estate or conservator of a deceased or incapacitated solo-practitioner dentist to hire or contract with another licensed dentist to continue care for a period not to exceed 12 months or until the practice is sold.
CSPD Position: Support
Outcome: Signed into Law 10/10/07

SB 400  (Corbett) Payment to Federally Qualified Health Centers For Offsite Care - Existing law provides that the services of a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) covered under the state's Medi-Cal program are reimbursed on a per-visit basis. This bill would allow a FQHC to receive Medi-Cal reimbursement for services delivered at locations other than the FQHC site by a provider who is an employee or contracted member of the staff of the FQHC if certain requirements are met.
CSPD Position: Support
Outcome: Stalled in Senate. May be considered in 2008

SB 534  (Perata) Regulation of Dental Hygiene Practice - This bill would abolish the Committee on Dental Auxiliaries (COMDA), presently under the jurisdiction of the Dental Board of California (DBC). It would establish a new Dental Hygiene Committee of California under the jurisdiction of the Department of Consumer Affairs to regulate the examination, licensure, discipline and continuing education of all dental hygiene licensure categories. It would also require the DBC to establish under its jurisdiction a standing Dental Assistant Committee to address and advised the Board on issues related to the dental assisting profession. The bill would also extend the sunset date for the DBC from January 1, 2009 to January 1, 2012.
CSPD Position: Support
Outcome: Vetoed by the Governor

SB 564  (Ridley-Thomas) Public School Health Centers - AB 2560 (Ridley-Thomas) last year established through the Department of Health Services a Public School Health Center Support Program to facilitate and encourage the establishment, retention and expansion of public school health centers through technical assistance and coordination of resources. This bill would establish a grant program to sustain, improve and expand upon the numbers of school health centers. It would specify school health centers may conduct and strive to provide a comprehensive set of medical, oral health, mental health, and health education services. It would require the school health center to serve registered school students regardless of the student's ability to pay for services.
CSPD Position: Support
Outcome: Stalled in Senate. May be considered in 2008

SB 620  (Correa) General Anesthesia for Dental Patients - Existing law allows a physician anesthesiologist, until January 1, 2008, to administer general anesthesia to a dental patient in the office of a dentist who does not possess a general anesthesia permit, if, among other provisions, the physician anesthesiologist holds a valid permit issued by the Dental Board of California. This bill would remove the January 1, 2008, repeal date, thereby extending the operation of these provisions indefinitely.
CSPD Position: Support
Outcome: Signed into Law 9/11/07

SB 1048  (ComB&P) Dental Assisting: Clean-Up Legislation - Part of an omnibus Business and Professions Committee "clean-up" bill pertaining to various boards and bureaus under the jurisdiction of the Department Of Consumer Affairs, this legislation would make several changes to the Dental Practice Act. Specifically, the bill would:
  1. Authorize either misdemeanor or felony prosecution for the practice of dentistry without a license, instead of the current misdemeanor only penalty.
  2. Authorize the Dental Board to require a licensee to reimburse the Board for costs associated with monitoring probationary terms or conditions imposed on his or her dental license.
  3. Extend the implementation of the new dental assistant licensure categories from January 1, 2008 to January 1, 2010 and provide technical and non substantive modifications to the work experience pathway and qualifying examinations.
CSPD Position: Support
Outcome: Signed into Law 10/13/07

 

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