Nurse Practitioners: Scope of Practice
In 2020, the Silicon Valley Leadership Group supported AB 890, which would allow nurse practitioners to order and interpret diagnostic procedures, certify disability, and prescribe, dispense, and administer controlled substances without physician oversight after completing three years of additional schooling and certification.
At a time when healthcare is our top priority and access is threatened, AB 890 allows Californians to receive quality care from nurse practitioners.
Bringing Payment Parity to Telehealth Services
In 2019, the Silicon Valley Leadership Group supported AB 744 from Assemblymember Agiuar-Curry which requires reimbursement parity between a telehealth service “on the same basis and to the same extent” as an in-person health care visit. The Silicon Valley Leadership Group has a history of supporting telehealth legislation and supported AB 744 because our top priority is to increase access to health care across our state, particularly for our rural and underserved communities.
This bill helps to increase access to health care for our rural communities, but also engages our urban communities who may have a difficult time getting to doctor’s offices for appointments. The Leadership Group worked with a broad coalition to urge passage of the bill.
Ensuring Accessible and Affordable Health Care for Everyone
The Leadership Group promotes accessible and affordable healthcare for all including Medicaid Expansion and sustaining value-based benefit designs that cover preventative services and the 10 Essential Health Benefits.
In 2018, the Leadership Group was an influential voice in establishing an Advisory Panel on Health Care Delivery Systems and Universal Coverage within the state budget- a critical step in crafting effective, sustainable policy that stabilizes the health care market and provides universal access to quality care.
In 2017, the Leadership Group also served as key business voice in support of a critical Medi-Cal provider reimbursement, advocating for a successful compromise resulting in allocation of up to $546 million from Prop. 56 Tobacco Tax revenue to safety net providers.
In 2016, the Health Policy team successfully advocated for a revamped Managed Care Organization tax package that preserved more than $1.1 billion for Medi-Cal.
Promoting Prevention and Wellness
The Leadership Group is focused on helping employers start or improve wellness programs in order to promote health and well-being among employees. Each spring, the Leadership Group hosts a Workplace Wellness Workshop Conference.
In 2016, the Health Policy Team advocated for Prop. 56, a $2 per-pack tax on cigarettes to reduce the prevalence of smokers and fund prevention and treatment.
The Silicon Valley Leadership Group and the Health Policy team advocate for local, county, state and federal health policy legislation and ballot measures based on the decisions of its Health Committee, Working Council, and Board of Directors. Both bills and ballot measures are presented to these committees for discussion and voting.
Health Policy Committee Meetings
Member-only committee meetings are generally held on the first Tuesday of each month from 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. These meetings generally include:
- Speaker presentations from government officials, non-profits, agencies, and advocates
- Informative briefings about Leadership Group policy advocacy
- Programmatic work
- Community events
To learn more about joining the committee please contact Kat Wortham at [email protected].
Co-Chairs: Diana Bautista, Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford & Leah Cowan, Sutter Health
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