AB 2325

  • California Assembly Bill
  • 2013-2014 Regular Session
  • Introduced in Assembly Feb 21, 2014
  • Passed Assembly May 28, 2014
  • Passed Senate Aug 28, 2014
  • Governor

Medi-Cal: CommuniCal.

Bill Subjects

Medi-Cal: Communical.

Abstract

Existing law provides for the Medi-Cal program, which is administered by the State Department of Health Care Services, under which qualified low-income individuals receive health care services. The Medi-Cal program is, in part, governed and funded by federal Medicaid Program provisions. Existing federal law provides for increased administrative funding for translation and interpretation services provided in connection with the enrollment, retention, and use of services under the Medicaid Program. This bill would require the department to establish the Medi-Cal Patient-Centered Communication program (CommuniCal) , to be administered by a 3rd-party administrator, to, commencing July 1, 2015, provide and reimburse for medical interpretation services to Medi-Cal beneficiaries who are limited English proficient (LEP) . This bill would establish the CommuniCal Program Fund in the State Treasury, which would consist of moneys dedicated to the CommuniCal program, to be used upon appropriation by the Legislature to the department solely to fund the CommuniCal program. Existing law provides for the certification of administrative hearing interpreters and medical examination interpreters for purposes of administrative adjudications. This bill would require the department to be the certifying body for CommuniCal certified medical interpreters (CCMIs) , and to authorize other interpreters meeting specified requirements, including a screening test, to provide CommuniCal services. The bill would require the department to (1) develop, monitor, and evaluate interpreter competency, qualifications, training, certification, and continuing education, (2) by September 1, 2015, approve an examination and certification process to test and certify the competency of medical interpreters, and (3) maintain a registry of those persons who meet the requirements to provide CommuniCal services. The bill would require the department to establish the Community Advisory Committee for purposes of assisting the department in the above-described tasks. The bill would also require the department to establish and charge fees that do not exceed reasonable costs for applicants to take any department-administered examinations and be certified or authorized and listed in the registry, and would require the department, in consultation with the Community Advisory Committee, to adopt quality standards and medical interpretation certification requirements through regulations. The Ralph C. Dills Act provides for employer-employee relations between the state and its employees, as specified, including, among other things, the right of state employees to form, join, and participate in the activities of employee organizations for the purpose of representation on all matters of employer-employee relations, as specified. This bill would provide that CommuniCal interpreters would have the right to form, join, and participate in the activities of a labor organization of their own choosing for the purpose of representation of specified employer-employee matters. The bill would provide that CommuniCal interpreters would not be considered state employees for purposes of the bill, but would have the right to be represented by an exclusive labor organization of their own choosing for the purpose of collective bargaining with the state on matters of mutual concern, including their base reimbursement rate. The bill would provide that upon application by petition, authorization cards, or union membership cards of a labor organization adequately showing that a majority of CommuniCal interpreters in the state desire to be represented exclusively by that labor organization, and no other labor organization is currently certified as the exclusive representative, the Public Employment Relations Board shall certify and grant exclusive representation to that labor organization, and would establish other election procedures to be administered by that board. The bill would require that any agreement resulting from collective bargaining be legally binding upon the state and committed to writing, and would further require that, upon the completion of discussions and collective bargaining, any agreement be reduced to writing and be presented to the appropriate administrative, legislative, or other governing body in the form of a binding agreement, resolution, bill, law, or other form required for adoption. The bill would provide that, after the certification of a labor organization, the state shall approve and have deducted, upon authorization in the case of dues deduction, from the appropriate reimbursement or other payment to the members of the labor organization the monthly amount of dues or service fees as certified by an executive officer of the labor organization, and shall transmit the amount to the treasurer of the labor organization.

Bill Sponsors (2)

John A. Pérez

     
Author

Atkins

     
Coauthor

Votes


Actions


Sep 29, 2014

Assembly

Vetoed by Governor.

Sep 10, 2014

California State Legislature

Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 4 p.m.

Aug 28, 2014

Assembly

Senate amendments concurred in. To Engrossing and Enrolling. (Ayes 54. Noes 24. Page 6672.).

Senate

Read third time. Passed. Ordered to the Assembly. (Ayes 24. Noes 10. Page 4933.).

Assembly

Assembly Rule 77 suspended. (Page 6667.)

Assembly

In Assembly. Concurrence in Senate amendments pending. May be considered on or after August 30 pursuant to Assembly Rule 77.

Aug 18, 2014

Senate

Read second time. Ordered to third reading.

Aug 14, 2014

Senate

From committee: Do pass. (Ayes 5. Noes 0.) (August 14).

Aug 04, 2014

Senate

In committee: Placed on APPR. suspense file.

Jun 19, 2014

Senate

From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 6. Noes 2.) (June 18). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.

  • Committee-Passage-Favorable
  • Referral-Committee
  • Committee-Passage
Com. on APPR.

Jun 12, 2014

Senate

From committee chair, with author's amendments: Amend, and re-refer to committee. Read second time, amended, and re-referred to Com. on HEALTH.

  • Amendment-Introduction
  • Amendment-Passage
  • Reading-2
  • Reading-1
  • Referral-Committee
Com. on HEALTH.

Jun 11, 2014

Senate

Referred to Com. on HEALTH.

  • Referral-Committee
Com. on HEALTH.

May 28, 2014

Assembly

Read third time. Passed. Ordered to the Senate. (Ayes 53. Noes 25. Page 5298.)

Senate

In Senate. Read first time. To Com. on RLS. for assignment.

May 27, 2014

Assembly

Read second time. Ordered to third reading.

May 23, 2014

Assembly

From committee: Do pass. (Ayes 12. Noes 5.) (May 23).

May 07, 2014

Assembly

In committee: Set, first hearing. Referred to APPR. suspense file.

  • Referral-Committee
APPR. suspense file. APPR

Apr 23, 2014

Assembly

From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 5. Noes 1.) (April 23). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.

  • Committee-Passage-Favorable
  • Referral-Committee
  • Committee-Passage
Com. on APPR.

Apr 09, 2014

Assembly

From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on P.E.,R. & S.S. (Ayes 13. Noes 6.) (April 8). Re-referred to Com. on P.E.,R. & S.S.

  • Committee-Passage-Favorable
  • Referral-Committee
  • Committee-Passage
Com. on P.E.,R. & S.S.

Mar 10, 2014

Assembly

Referred to Coms. on HEALTH and P.E.,R. & S.S.

  • Referral-Committee
Coms. on HEALTH and P.E.,R. & S.S.

Feb 24, 2014

Assembly

Read first time.

Feb 23, 2014

Assembly

From printer. May be heard in committee March 25.

Feb 21, 2014

Assembly

Introduced. To print.

Bill Text

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02/21/14 - Introduced PDF
06/12/14 - Amended Senate PDF
09/04/14 - Enrolled PDF

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