California Legislative Information:
AB 374 (Nazarian): Step Therapy Override Determination
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.
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
AB339 (Gordon): Outpatient Prescription Drugs
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.
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
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: