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CA AB 2549

Title: Patient visitation.
Author: James M. Gallagher

Summary
AB 2549, as amended, Gallagher. Patient visitation. Existing law provides for the licensure and regulation by the State Department of Public Health of health facilities, as defined. Existing law requires a health facility to allow a patient’s domestic partner, the children of the patient’s domestic partner, and the domestic partner of the patient’s parent or child to visit unless no visitors are allowed, the facility reasonably determines that the presence of a particular visitor would endanger the health or safety of a patient, member of the health facility staff, or other visitor to the health facility, or would significantly disrupt the operations of a facility, or the patient has indicated to the health facility staff that the patient does not want this person to visit. A violation of this provision is a misdemeanor.This bill would require a health facility to allow specified persons to visit, including the patient’s children and grandparents. The bill would require the health facility to develop alternate visitation protocols, if circumstances require the health facility to restrict visitor access to the facility due to health or safety concerns, that allow visitation to the greatest extent possible while maintaining patient, visitor, and staff health and safety. Notwithstanding the requirement mentioned above, the bill would prohibit a health facility from prohibiting in-person visitation in end-of-life situations unless the patient has indicated to the health facility staff that the patient does not want this person to visit, as specified, and would authorize a health facility to require visitors to adhere to personal protective equipment and testing protocols not greater than those required of facility staff for the duration of their visit. The bill would also require the facility to provide personal protective equipment and testing resources to each visitor for a patient in an end-of-life situation, to the extent that those resources have been made readily available to the facility by state or local entities for that purpose. By expanding an existing crime, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.

Status
In committee: Referred to suspense file.

Bill Documents
CA AB 2549 - 06/24/24 - Amended Senate
06/24/24 - CA AB 2549 (06/24/24 - Amended Senate)


CA AB 2549 - 06/04/24 - Amended Senate
06/04/24 - CA AB 2549 (06/04/24 - Amended Senate)

CA AB 2549 - 05/16/24 - Amended Assembly
05/16/24 - CA AB 2549 (05/16/24 - Amended Assembly)

CA AB 2549 - 04/01/24 - Amended Assembly
04/01/24 - CA AB 2549 (04/01/24 - Amended Assembly)

CA AB 2549 - 02/14/24 - Introduced
02/14/24 - CA AB 2549 (02/14/24 - Introduced)

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  • James Gallagher - R
    Minority Leader - State Assembly - CA

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