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AB-2589 Public health: lactation services and equipment.(2015-2016)



As Amends the Law Today


SECTION 1.

 Section 123362 is added to the Health and Safety Code, to read:

123362.
 (a) The State Department of Public Health shall coordinate with the State Department of Health Care Services and Covered California to develop processes, procedures, and an electronic interface for eligibility-related information sharing to streamline enrollment into the California Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, known as the WIC Program, as part of the application process for Medi-Cal and health plans offered through the California Health Benefit Exchange established under Title 22 (commencing with Section 100500) of the Government Code.
(b) On or before January 1, 2019, the California Healthcare Eligibility, Enrollment, and Retention System (CalHEERS) developed under Section 15926 of the Welfare and Institutions Code and the Statewide Automated Welfare System (SAWS) developed under Section 10823 of the Welfare and Institutions Code, as amended by Section 1 of Chapter 846 of the Statutes of 2014, shall identify individuals who are potentially eligible for the WIC Program and, if a potentially eligible individual wishes to apply for the WIC Program and an electronic application is available, electronically link them to a WIC Program application.
(c) On or before January 1, 2022, the California Healthcare Eligibility, Enrollment, and Retention System (CalHEERS) developed under Section 15926 of the Welfare and Institutions Code and the Statewide Automated Welfare System (SAWS) developed under Section 10823 of the Welfare and Institutions Code, as amended by Section 1 of Chapter 846 of the Statutes of 2014, shall identify individuals who are potentially eligible for the WIC Program and, if a potentially eligible individual wishes to apply for the WIC Program and provides consent to share confidential data with the WIC Program and an electronic application is available, provide a simple interface for the individual to electronically complete a WIC Program application without resubmitting data already known to the CalHEERS and SAWS systems.
(d) This section shall be implemented only to the extent that funding from the General Fund or federal funds, or both, is available for the purposes of this section.

SEC. 2.

 Section 123363 is added to the Health and Safety Code, to read:

123363.
 (a) The State Department of Public Health shall coordinate with the State Department of Health Care Services, through a stakeholder engagement process that shall include, but not be limited to, representatives from health care providers, primary care clinics, and health plans, state and local staff from the California Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC Program) and the Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health program, and representatives from organizations representing women, infants, and children, to, beginning prenatally and continuing through the postpartum period and at least until the infant reaches one year of age, develop measures and outcomes for breastfeeding rates that do both of the following:
(1) Include, at a minimum, women’s intention to breastfeed, breastfeeding initiation rates, and exclusivity and duration.
(2) Identify ethnic disparities and sociodemographic differences.
(b) The stakeholder process shall take no longer than six months and the recommendations shall be posted on the departments’ Internet Web sites by January 1, 2018.