Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown Wins Assembly Approval for Bill
AB 1310, authored by Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown (D-San Bernardino), passed the Assembly with overwhelming bipartisan support. The bill, which received a vote of 78-0 on Thursday, May 30, revises the current criteria for admission to subacute pediatric care facilities.
“This is a simple bill that will increase access to subacute care facilities and services for some of our state’s most medically fragile children. These unique facilities offer cost-effective quality care for children in environments that support their developmental growth and family bonding,” said Assemblymember Brown.
AB 1310 modifies the Medi-Cal pediatric subacute care program by changing the definition of pediatric subacute to include a person who requires treatment for one or more active complex medical conditions, or requires the administration of one or more technically complex treatments. The bill also adds specified conditions to the ways in which medical necessity for pediatric subacute services may be substantiated.
“The current definition of medical necessity has the unintended consequence of keeping some children in acute care hospitals unnecessarily. Care for children should be provided with the intent of matching both their medical and developmental needs with the services offered. AB 1310 will help do that while saving California millions of dollars,” concluded Assemblymember Brown.
The bill now heads to the Senate.
Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown represents the 47th Assembly District, which includes Colton, Fontana, Grand Terrace, Rialto, the southwest parts of San Bernardino, and the unincorporated communities of Bloomington and Muscoy.