Having Our Say advocates for policies that build a culturally competent health care system equipped to provide tailored care to diverse patients. Having Our Say’s 2019 policy agenda champions three bills that improve language access, strengthen cultural competence in mental health care, and hold health plans accountable to greater quality standards.
AB 318 (Chu) Ensuring Readability of Medi-Cal Documents
At least 1 in 3 Medi-Cal beneficiaries speaks a language other than English as their primary language. This bill ensures fair access to benefits for Medi-Cal recipients by improving the readability of the most important Medi-Cal documents for consumers through a workgroup and field testing of translated documents.
AB 512 (Ting) Cultural Competence in Mental Health
Mental health is a critical component of health, yet California’s diverse communities face myriad challenges accessing care and maintaining well-being. This bill requires counties, in collaboration with stakeholders, to report on additional criteria in their mental health cultural competency plans and requires the Department of Health Care Services to annually review and monitor mental health disparities reduction.
AB 537 (Wood) Medi-Cal Quality Improvement and Disparities Reduction
California has rightly invested in expanding Medi-Cal, which now covers 1 in 3 people in our state. Now it is time to ensure that all enrollees receive high quality care. This bill holds Medi-Cal managed care plans accountable to reducing racial and ethnic health disparities and improving outcomes, regardless of the factors that determine one’s health.