Assembly Health Committee Hearing Update – 6/25/13

Today, the Assembly Committee on Health, chaired by Assemblymember Dr. Richard Pan, met and took up two bills related to prescription drug labeling and another bill related to mental health parity.

SB 204 (Corbett) would promote translations of presccription drug instructions in non-English language and published on the Board of Pharmacy’s Internet Website. SB 204 (Corbett) stalled in committee and was brought up on reconsideration.  The final vote was 9-6 with Republicans voting no and Democratic Members Gomez, Hernandez and Nazarian not voting.

SB 205 (Corbett) would require prescription drug labels to be printed in 12-point sans serif typeface.  This bill passed out of committee with a vote of 12-6 with Republicans voting no.

SB 22 (Beall) seeks to improve compliance with the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 and specifically requires health plans and insurers to submit an annual report to state regulators certifying compliance with state and federal mental health parity laws.SB 22 (Beall) passed out of committee with a vote of 17-2.

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