AB 2134

  • California Assembly Bill
  • 2021-2022 Regular Session
  • Introduced in Assembly Feb 15, 2022
  • Passed Assembly May 26, 2022
  • Senate
  • Governor

Reproductive health care.

Abstract

Existing law, the Reproductive Privacy Act, prohibits the state from denying or interfering with a person's right to choose or obtain an abortion prior to viability of the fetus, or when the abortion is necessary to protect the life or health of the person. The act defines "abortion" as a medical treatment intended to induce the termination of a pregnancy except for the purpose of producing a live birth. Existing law establishes the Department of Health Care Access and Information to oversee and administer various health programs. Existing law establishes the Medi-Cal program, under which qualified low-income individuals receive health care services. Existing law establishes a schedule of benefits under the Medi-Cal program and provides for various services, including comprehensive clinical family planning services that are rendered through the Family Planning, Access, Care, and Treatment (Family PACT) Waiver Program. This bill would establish the California Reproductive Health Equity Program within the Department of Health Care Access and Information to ensure abortion and contraception services are affordable for and accessible to all patients and to provide financial support for safety net providers of these services. The bill would authorize a Medi-Cal enrolled provider to apply to the department for a grant, and a continuation award after the initial grant, to provide abortion and contraception at no cost to an individual with a household income at or below 400% of the federal poverty level who is uninsured or has health care coverage that does not include both abortion and contraception, and who is not eligible to receive both abortion and contraception at no cost through the Medi-Cal and Family PACT programs. The bill would establish the California Reproductive Health Equity Fund, a continuously appropriated fund, to provide this grant funding. The bill would require the department to conduct an annual evaluation of the program and report its findings to the Legislature. By creating a continuously appropriated fund, the bill would make an appropriation. Existing law, the Knox-Keene Health Care Service Plan Act of 1975, provides for the licensure and regulation of health care service plans by the Department of Managed Health Care, and makes a willful violation of the act a crime. Existing law provides for the regulation of health insurers by the Department of Insurance. Existing law requires group health care service plan contracts and disability insurance policies to cover contraceptive services and methods without cost sharing, as specified. Existing law authorizes a religious employer to request a contract or policy that does not include contraception coverage for its employees. This bill would require a health care service plan or health insurer that provides health coverage to employees of a religious employer that does not include coverage and benefits for both abortion and contraception to provide an enrollee or insured with written information at specified times on the abortion and contraception benefits or services that may be available at no cost through the California Reproductive Health Equity Program. Because a willful violation of this provision by a health care service plan would be a crime, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program. This bill would require the Department of Industrial Relations to report information regarding abortion and contraception benefits or services that may be available at no cost through the California Reproductive Health Equity Program to employees whose employer-sponsored health coverage does not include coverage for both abortion and contraception. Existing constitutional provisions require that a statute that limits the right of access to the meetings of public bodies or the writings of public officials and agencies be adopted with findings demonstrating the interest protected by the limitation and the need for protecting that interest. This bill would make legislative findings to that effect. The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement. This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.

Bill Sponsors (12)

Votes


Actions


Aug 02, 2022

Senate

In committee: Referred to suspense file.

  • Referral-Committee
suspense file.

Jun 29, 2022

Senate

From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 9. Noes 1.) (June 28). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.

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

Jun 23, 2022

Senate

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

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

Senate

From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on JUD. (Ayes 8. Noes 1.) (June 22). Re-referred to Com. on JUD.

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

Jun 08, 2022

Senate

Referred to Coms. on HEALTH and JUD.

  • Referral-Committee
Coms. on HEALTH and JUD.

May 27, 2022

Senate

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

May 26, 2022

Assembly

Read third time. Passed. Ordered to the Senate. (Ayes 53. Noes 19.)

May 19, 2022

Assembly

Joint Rule 62(a), file notice suspended. (Page 4736.)

Assembly

From committee: Do pass. (Ayes 12. Noes 4.) (May 19).

Assembly

Read second time. Ordered to third reading.

May 18, 2022

Assembly

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

  • Referral-Committee
suspense file.

May 02, 2022

Assembly

Re-referred to Com. on APPR.

  • Referral-Committee
Com. on APPR.

Apr 28, 2022

Assembly

Read second time and amended.

Apr 27, 2022

Assembly

From committee: Amend, and do pass as amended and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 10. Noes 3.) (April 26).

Apr 19, 2022

Assembly

In committee: Hearing postponed by committee.

Mar 28, 2022

Assembly

Re-referred to Com. on HEALTH.

  • Referral-Committee
Com. on HEALTH.

Mar 24, 2022

Assembly

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

Assembly

Referred to Com. on HEALTH.

  • Referral-Committee
Com. on HEALTH.

Feb 16, 2022

Assembly

From printer. May be heard in committee March 18.

Feb 15, 2022

Assembly

Introduced. To print.

Bill Text

Bill Text Versions Format
AB2134 HTML
02/15/22 - Introduced PDF
03/24/22 - Amended Assembly PDF
04/28/22 - Amended Assembly PDF
06/23/22 - Amended Senate PDF

Related Documents

Document Format
04/22/22- Assembly Health PDF
05/16/22- Assembly Appropriations PDF
05/20/22- ASSEMBLY FLOOR ANALYSIS PDF
06/20/22- Senate Health PDF
06/24/22- Senate Judiciary PDF
07/29/22- Senate Appropriations PDF

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