Legislation

Leg Year - 2019-2020

1) Authorizes reimbursement under the Medi-Cal program for a maximum of two visits taking place on the same day at a single federally qualified health center (FQHC) or rural health clinic (RHC) location if, after the first visit, the patient suffers illness or injury requiring additional diagnosis or treatment, or if the patient has a medical visit and a mental health visit or a dental visit, as defined. 2) Authorizes an FQHC or RHC that currently includes the cost of services of a medical visit and mental health visit as a single visit in establishing its FQHC or RHC rates to bill those services as separate visits. 3) Requires an FQHC or RHC seeking to bill a medical visit and a mental health visit as separate visits to apply for an adjustment to its per-visit rate and receive approval by DHCS in order to receive reimbursement for those services as two visits.

Increases the disabled veterans' property tax exemption from $150,000 to $250,000 for taxpayers with "lower income" and doubles the exemption for all other disabled veterans from $100,000 to $200,000.  Raises the annual household income limit from $62,614 to $65,000 to qualify for the "lower income" exemption.  Currently, to be eligible, the veteran must obtain a United States Department of Veterans Affairs disability rating that either (1) rates the veteran's disability at 100% or (2) rates the veteran's disability compensation at 100% because the veteran is unable to secure and maintain gainful employment.

Expands a provision of existing law that provides that a person convicted of animal abuse who receives probation is required to be ordered to pay for, and successfully complete, specified counseling.  Provides that this requirement applies to five additional animal abuse-related crimes, including overworking and neglecting animals and poisoning animals that are the property of another without authorization.  Requires the defendant to undergo a psychological or psychiatric evaluation.  Retains existing law requirements that the treatment be at the defendant's expense, with a sliding scale fee based on the person's ability to pay.  Provides that a finding that the person suffers from a mental disorder and any progress made in treatment would be confidential.  Provides that the court is required to consider ordering a defendant who is granted probation for one of 32 animal abuse-related offenses should be required to complete a "responsible animal owner education course," as specified.

This bill, would enact Brandon’s Law, which would prohibit an operator of a licensed alcoholism or drug abuse recovery or treatment facility or a certified alcohol or other drug program from engaging in various acts, including making a false or misleading statement about the entity’s products, goods, services, or geographical locations. The bill would also prohibit a picture, description, staff information, or the location of an entity from being included on an internet website along with false contact information that surreptitiously directs the reader to a business that does not have a contract with the entity. The bill would authorize the department to investigate allegations of a violation of these provisions and, upon finding a violation, to impose the sanctions available pursuant to existing law, as specified.