Hospital emergency response, home care bills advance in state assembly

FAIRFIELD — A pair of bills advanced this week by Sen. Bill Dodd to try to improve Californians’ access to health care, both in emergencies and at home.

The first bill, Senate Bill 979, eases insurance restrictions for hospital patients seeking treatment outside of their network coverage areas, ensuring they have medical coverage wherever an emergency occurs, Dodd’s office reports in a press release. It is sponsored by the California Hospital Association.

The second bill, Senate Bill 281, expands provisions of the California Community Transitions program, which has transferred 4,300 people from institutional settings over the past 12 years for an average savings of $60,000 per person per year. year, according to a press release from Dodd’s office.

Dodd originally drafted Senate Bill 214, which helped the program help people during the pandemic. Its follow-on legislation ensures California complies with federal law updates, expanding eligibility to even more people.

The follow-on legislation is co-sponsored by Disability Rights California and East Bay Innovations.

Both bills were approved by the Assembly Health Committee.

Dodd, D-Napa, represents the 3rd Senate District, which includes all of Solano County and some or all of Napa, Sonoma, Yolo, Contra Costa, and Sacramento counties.

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