|Hey CA Freedom Keepers!
This week the following bills were heard in appropriations committees;
SB1479, AB1797, AB2098, AB1940, AB2107 and have been moved to Suspense File. What is the suspense file? Scroll down to learn more.
1 additional bill has come to our attention:
SB1033: Health Care Coverage
“This bill would require the Department of Managed Health Care and the commissioner to revise these regulations, and develop and adopt regulations establishing demographic data collection standards, no later than July 1, 2023, and to 2024. The bill would require health care service plans and health insurers to assess the individual cultural, linguistic, and health-related social needs of the enrollees and insured groups insureds for the purpose of identifying and addressing health disparities, improving health care quality and outcomes, and addressing population health.”
This description is awfully close to the same intentions given when asked about the changes to the current immunization registry, addressed in bill AB1797.
Action: Email your legislators and tell them to OPPOSE SB1033.
IMPORTANT SB866 UPDATE
SB866 is the minor consent bill that will allow children ages 15+ to receive vaccinations without parental consent.
Earlier this week, Protect Us sent out an announcement by California Democratic Party (CDP) Chair, Rusty Hicks, stating that the CDP officially endorses SB866. This recent announcement was made only in the Protect Us newsletter, and we have yet to see it published or repeated anywhere else. Additionally, SB866 could be heard at any of the next Assembly Floor Sessions and has been placed on the agenda multiple times. However, Senator Weiner still has not brought SB866 up for a floor vote. While we can only speculate why he has not brought it up, we believe your calls and emails are working and Senator Weiner still does not have the votes from his colleagues.
This means we must continue to put pressure on our legislators.
While amending the bill to raise the age of consent to 15 from 12 has portrayed a more tolerable bill to legislators, we must remind them that it still does not address many issues.
Amending this bill does not address:
- The locations at which a minor will be able to receive vaccinations and if they are adequately equipped to handle an emergency
- How the provider will have access to their medical history.
- The lack of resources, access to an advocate, or support available to a minor should they suffer a vaccine injury.
- The requirement for a parent or guardian to file a compensation claim, should the minor suffer an injury. (A minor cannot sue or file for compensation without parental consent per the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program)