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AB-2164 Telehealth.(2019-2020)

Senate:
1st
Cmt
2nd
3rd
Pass
Assembly:
1st
Cmt
2nd
3rd
Pass
Pass
Veto
Bill Status
AB-2164
Robert Rivas (A) , Salas (A)
Wood (A)
Bonta (A) , Carrillo (A) , Eggman (A) , Flora (A) , Eduardo Garcia (A) , Gonzalez (A) , Mathis (A) , Mayes (A) , Luz Rivas (A) , Waldron (A) , Wilk (S)
Telehealth.
03/13/20
An act to amend Section 14132.100 of the Welfare and Institutions Code, relating to health care.
Assembly
09/01/20
08/20/20

Type of Measure
Inactive Bill - Vetoed
Majority Vote Required
Non-Appropriation
Fiscal Committee
Non-State-Mandated Local Program
Non-Urgency
Non-Tax levy
Last 5 History Actions
Date Action
09/26/20 Vetoed by Governor.
09/10/20 Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 2:30 p.m.
08/30/20 Senate amendments concurred in. To Engrossing and Enrolling. (Ayes 75. Noes 0. Page 5314.).
08/28/20 In Assembly. Concurrence in Senate amendments pending.
08/28/20 Read third time. Passed. Ordered to the Assembly. (Ayes 39. Noes 0. Page 4384.).
Governor's Veto Message
To the Members of the California State Assembly:

I am returning Assembly Bill 2164 without my signature.

This bill would authorize a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) and Rural Health Center (RHC) to establish a relationship with a patient who is located within their service area by synchronous or asynchronous (store-and-forward) telehealth. AB 2164 would sunset 180 days after the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency has been terminated by the state of California.

While I am supportive of utilizing telehealth to increase access to primary and specialty care services, the Department of Health Care Services is currently in the process of evaluating its global telehealth policy to determine what temporary flexibilities should be extended beyond the COVID-19 pandemic. Changes to FQHC and RHC telehealth is better considered within the context of a global assessment around telehealth in the state of California. Further, the cost of these changes is also more appropriately considered alongside other policy changes in the budget process next year.

Sincerely,





Gavin Newsom