Diabetes Coalition of California


California Legislative Information:



AB 374 (Nazarian):  Step Therapy Override Determination

Co-Author Hernandez

An act to add Section 1367.244 to the Health and Safety Code, and to add Section 10123.197 to the Insurance Code, relating to health care coverage.

Fact Sheet: http://cqrcengage.com/cra/file/WAvvaHaO1o5/AB%20374%20Factsheet.pdf

This bill would require the Department of Managed Health Care and the Department of Insurance to develop a step therapy override determination request form by July, 2016, and would require a prescribing provider to use the form to make a step therapy override determination request. The bill would require a health care service plan or health insurer to respond to a step therapy override determination request within 72 hours for nonurgent requests, or within 24 hours if exigent circumstances exist, as specified. The bill would allow a determination by a health care service plan or health insurer denying a request to be appealed through an independent medical review process, as specified.

The DCC has sent a Letter of Support (LOS) for this bill!  If you would like to do so as well, letters may be sent to:


Senator Ed Hernandez 

Chair of the Senate Health Committee

California State Capitol – Room 2080

Sacramento, CA 94249-0014

Email:  senator.hernandez@senate.ca.gov

AB339 (Gordon):  Outpatient Prescription Drugs

Co-Author Atkins

Fact Sheet:  http://www.health-access.org/images/pdfs/ab339_prescription_drug_cost_sharing4-7-15.pdf

Sample Letter of Support:  http://www.health-access.org/images/pdfs/ab339_hac_sample_letter2015.pdf



AB 1357 (Bloom): Children & Family Health Promotion Program
Co-authors: Assemblymembers Chiu & Rendon

Proposal:  Create a dedicated revenue source to support chronic disease prevention in California communities that are most
impacted by diabetes, obesity, heart disease, stroke, and tooth decay. This dedicated revenue source will be funded
through a 2 cent per ounce health impact fee on the distribution of drinks manufactured with added caloric sweetener
(e.g. natural and refined sugar, high fructose corn syrup) in California. Impacted drinks include but are not limited to
regular soda, sports drinks, energy drinks, juice with added caloric sweetener, and sweet coffee drinks. Milk‐based
drinks, prescribed medicines, and 100% fruit juices will not be subject to the fee.

More information

Warning Labels on Sugary Drinks Bill
SB 203 (Monning)

A warning label will be required of all sugary drink bottles, cans, vending machines, dispensers and merchants:

STATE OF CALIFORNIA SAFETY WARNING: Drinking beverages with added sugar(s) contributes to obesity, diabetes, and tooth decay.

The warning is intended to protect consumers and promote informed purchasing decisions.  It would be enforced by the California Department of Public Health in conjunction with local enforcement agencies.  Violators would be liable for a civil fine of up to $500 per inspection.

For more information:  http://www.publichealthadvocacy.org/resources/warninglabel/sodawarninglabel.html

The Diabetes Coalition of California supports SB203 and sent a Letter of Support to The Honorable Bill Monning.

UPDATE – April 30, 2015
Unfortunately the CA Soda Warning Label Bill failed to garner sufficient support in the Senate Health Committee. Here is how the votes fell:

• ABSTAINED (4) – Chairman Hernandez (D – Azusa), Senator Roth (D – Riverside), and Senator Nguyen (R –Garden Grove), and Senator Hall (D – Compton)
• NO (1) – Senator Jim Nielsen (R – Chico)
• AYE (4) – Senator Monning (D – Carmel) the author, and Senators Mitchell (D – Los Angeles), Pan (D – Sacramento) and Wolk (D- Davis)

Five aye votes were needed.

The bill will be back next year! 

California Supreme Court Ruling Supports Access to Insulin for California Students

For nearly eight years, the American Diabetes Association fought in the courts to ensure that children with diabetes in California’s public schools have access to the insulin they need to be safe at school.

On August 12, 2013, after two lawsuits, one landmark settlement and disappointing lower court decisions the California Supreme Court issued a ruling that vindicates the rights of these students. The Court held that California law permits school personnel to be trained to help students by administering insulin to those students who cannot self-administer in the absence of a school nurse.  Read more at: