Political Victories:

Passing Legislation to Win for Workers, Patients, and Our Communities

Political Victories:

Passing Legislation to Win for Workers, Patients, and Our Communities

Every year, we work with state legislators to pass bills that support workers, and improve healthcare access and Healthcare Justice for California.  These bills were signed into law.

2021-2022 Legislative Session

AB 1204 (Wicks) Race & Healthcare Transparency Act requires healthcare providers to publicly post and submit to the state an annual report on health outcomes by racial, ethnic, and other demographic groups. The bill would also require these reports to include a plan to address any disparities identified, ensuring the data leads to improvements in care.

SB 95 (Skinner) COVID Sick Leave extension. Extended emergency paid sick days and paid family and medical leave protection for workers until September 30, 2021.

SB 2 (Bradford) Peace officers: certification – SB 2 creates a process through the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training to investigate and decertify police officers who are unfit to serve due to serious misconduct, helping to ensure greater public safety and trust. This bill will limit the ability of rogue cops to continue reckless behavior and make it easier for families to seek justice.

SB 65 (Skinner) Maternal Care & Services “Momnibus Act” – SB 65 establishes a comprehensive program to improve maternal and infant outcomes throughout the state, especially in communities who experience higher maternal and infant mortality & morbidity rates. This includes tracking and reporting of maternal & infant deaths, increasing the number of trained certified nurse midwives, creating a workgroup on Medi-Cal coverage for doulas, and enhancing Cal WORKS benefits.

AB 26 (Holden) Duty to Intervene – AB 26 requires law enforcement officers to intercede if they witness excessive use of force by another officer, and to immediately report potential excessive force. It also disqualifies a person from being a peace officer if they have been found to have either used excessive force or to have failed to intercede.

Stopping Weakening of Seismic Safety Requirements – The California Hospital Association attempted to eliminate certain seismic safety standards and push back implementation of remaining seismic safety standards for hospitals that go into effect in 2030. SEIU-UHW took a strong stance against weakening standards, delaying timelines, or exempting departments from the 2030 standards.

2019-2020 Legislative Session

SB 275 Health Care and Essential Workers: personal protective equipment. Requires DPH to establish guidelines for the procurement, management, and distribution of PPE, taking into account, among other things, the amount of each type of PPE that would be required for all health care workers and essential workers in the state during a 90-day pandemic or other health emergency. (2020)

AB 685 COVID-19: imminent hazard to employees: exposure: notification: serious violations. Requires employers to notify all workers of a potential exposure to COVID-19 within one business day and to notify the local public health agency within 48 hours of outbreaks in certain worksites. (2020)

AB 290 Health care service plans and health insurance: third-party payments. Requires a health care service plan or an insurer that provides a policy of health insurance to accept payments from specified third-party entities, including an Indian tribe or a local, state, or federal government program. (2019)

SB 343 Health care data disclosure. Eliminates alternative reporting requirements for a plan or insurer that exclusively contracts with no more than 2 medical groups or a health facility that receives a preponderance of its revenue from associated comprehensive group practice prepayment health care service plans and would instead require those entities to report information consistent with any other health care service plan, health insurer, or health facility. (2019)

AB 1506 Police use of force. Creates a division within the Department of Justice to investigate use-of-force, review the use-of-force policies, and make recommendations upon the request of a law enforcement agency. (2019)

AB 1775 False reports and harassment. Makes it a crime to make a false report knowingly and recklessly to law enforcement that another person has committed, or is in the act of committing, a criminal act or is engaged in an activity requiring law enforcement intervention and increases the fines for harassing someone through a call or request to law enforcement. (2019)

The CA legislature passed, and Governor Gavin Newsom signed over 100 bills that improve California healthcare and conditions for healthcare workers in the 2019-2020 legislative session. Here is a full list of those bills: https://www.seiu-uhw.org/victorieslegislature/