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AB-2287 California Health and Human Services Agency: public health: federal grant opportunities.(2009-2010)

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Amended  IN  Senate  July 15, 2010
Amended  IN  Assembly  May 28, 2010
Amended  IN  Assembly  April 28, 2010
Amended  IN  Assembly  April 05, 2010

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2009–2010 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 2287


Introduced  by  Assembly Member Monning

February 18, 2010


An act to add Chapter 5 (commencing with Section 127640) to Part 2 of Division 107 of the Health and Safety Code, relating to public health.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 2287, as amended, Monning. California Health and Human Services Agency: public health: federal grant opportunities.
Existing federal law, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA)(Public (PPACA) (Public Law 111-148) requires the federal Secretary of Health and Human Services to award competitive community transformation grants to state and local governmental agencies and community-based organizations for the implementation, evaluation, and dissemination of evidence-based community preventive health activities in order to reduce chronic disease rates, prevent the development of secondary conditions, address health disparities, and develop a stronger evidence base of effective prevention programming.
This bill would require the California Health and Human Services Agency to direct the appropriate departments within the agency to apply for federal community transformation grants under the PPACA, as specified. The bill would require the agency to direct the appropriate departments within the agency to make information regarding federal grant opportunities under the PPACA available to local government agencies, local public health departments, school districts, state and local nonprofit organizations, and Indian tribes through existing channels, and by placing a link on each relevant department’s existing Internet Web site.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 The Legislature finds and declares as follows:
(a) Given the significant fiscal challenges ahead for California, it is important for the Legislature to ensure that state agencies maximize their opportunity to obtain additional federal funds, particularly in cases where doing so could offset state General Fund costs or assist the state with the transformation of California’s health care system, under the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA)(Public (PPACA) (Public Law 111-148).
(b) The PPACA is a historic opportunity for California to prioritize preventive health programs that have been demonstrated to save valuable health care dollars, produce high return in patient outcomes, and move the current health care system away from managing disease toward prevention in order to improve the health of Californians.

(b)

(c) It is the intent of the Legislature in enacting this act to take full advantage of the opportunities through the PPACA to improve state health care programs and invest in health prevention and education, with the goal of building, promoting, and sustaining healthy communities through reducing chronic disease rates, eliminating conditions that lead to health disparities, and increasing the cultural and linguistic appropriateness of health services.
(d) It is the intent of the Legislature to encourage the California Health and Human Services Agency and departments within the agency to maintain flexibility in internal processes in order to be responsive to PPACA grant opportunity timelines.

SEC. 2.

 Chapter 5 (commencing with Section 127640) is added to Part 2 of Division 107 of the Health and Safety Code, to read:
CHAPTER  5. Community Transformation Grants

127640.
 (a) The California Health and Human Services Agency shall direct the appropriate departments within the agency to apply for federal grants under Section Sections 4002 and 4201 of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Public Law 111-148) to allow the state to develop a stronger evidence base of effective prevention programming and engage in preventive care and health education activities that achieve, at a minimum, all of the following:
(1) Creating healthier school environments, including, but not limited to, healthy healthful food options and physical activity.
(2) Creating an infrastructure to support active living and access to nutritious foods.
(3) Developing and promoting programs targeting a variety of age levels to increase nutrition, physical activity, smoking cessation, mental health, and safety, as well as address special population needs.
(4) Working to highlight healthy healthful food options.
(5) Assessing and implementing worksite wellness programs.
(6) Prioritizing strategies to reduce racial and ethnic health disparities.
(b) The agency shall direct the appropriate departments within the agency to make information regarding federal grant opportunities under Section Sections 4002 and 4201 of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Public Law 111-148) available to local government agencies, local public health departments, school districts, state and local nonprofit organizations, and Indian tribes through existing channels, and by placing a link on each relevant department’s existing Internet Web site.