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SB-163 Health care coverage: pervasive developmental disorder or autism.(2019-2020)

Senate:
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Cmt
2nd
Cmt
2nd
3rd
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Pass
Veto
Assembly:
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Cmt
2nd
Cmt
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Bill Status
SB-163
Portantino (S)
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Nazarian (A)
Health care coverage: pervasive developmental disorder or autism.
02/24/19
An act to amend Section 1374.73 of the Health and Safety Code, and to amend Section 10144.51 of the Insurance Code, relating to health care coverage.
Senate
09/13/19
09/05/19

Type of Measure
Inactive Bill - Vetoed
Majority Vote Required
Non-Appropriation
Fiscal Committee
State-Mandated Local Program
Non-Urgency
Non-Tax levy
Last 5 History Actions
Date Action
01/13/20 Veto sustained.
01/13/20 Stricken from file.
10/12/19 In Senate. Consideration of Governor's veto pending.
10/12/19 Vetoed by the Governor.
09/18/19 Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 4 p.m.
Governor's Veto Message
To the Members of the California State Senate:

I am returning Senate Bill 163 without my signature.

This bill seeks to change the qualification standards necessary to be a qualified autism service professional or paraprofessional. When the Legislature enacted SB 946 (Steinberg, Chapter 650, Statutes of 2011), it clearly anticipated subsequent action to develop a comprehensive structure to license providers of behavioral health treatment to individuals with autism spectrum disorder. A formal licensing scheme that includes clinical expertise and administrative oversight is a more appropriate venue to address qualification standards for practitioners, ensure quality of care, and provide effective consumer protection. I encourage the Legislature to complete the work begun by SB 946.

In addition, by removing the health plan coverage exemption for contracts in the Medi-Cal program, this bill inadvertently creates conflicting requirements within the Medi-Cal program that could result in unintentional delays in access to care and jeopardizes continued receipt of federal financial participation for behavioral health treatment.

Sincerely,





Gavin Newsom