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Monday, November 24, 2014
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WCLP News and Noteworthy
Eight of the ten Western Center sponsored bills that went to the Governor were signed into law.
Success Stories

These are in addition to the many bills that Western Center supported, opposed and drafted amendments for.


Signed! AB 617 (Nazarian) sets requirements for notices and appeals processes for eligibility issues with Medi-Cal programs and Covered California. Chapter 869.

Signed! SB 18 (Leno/Hernández) requires the Department of Health Care Services to accept $6 million of foundation money to fund Medi-Cal renewal assistance activities which would be matched with federal matching funds.  Co-sponsored with Health Access California. Chapter 551.

Signed! SB 1276 (Hernández) establishes a “reasonable payment plan” at 10% of monthly income for health care consumers who receive a hospital bill. This bill would also make it easier for a consumer to qualify for discounted care if they have high out-of-pocket costs. Chapter 758.

Vetoed SB 1002 (de León) would have streamlined application and redetermination policies for households eligible for both Medi-Cal and CalFresh. Co-Sponsored with the California Food Policy Advocates.

Vetoed SB 1124 (Hernández) would have limited Medi-Cal estate recovery to long term care costs.  Co-sponsored with California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform.

Human Services & Access to Justice

Signed! AB 1579 (Stone) allows for a pregnant woman (with no other children in the household) to be eligible for CalWORKs upon verification of her 2nd trimester pregnancy rather than requiring her wait until the 3rd trimester. This bill was supported by the Women’s Foundation of California Women’s Policy Institute Domestic Violence Team. Chapter 632.

Signed! AB 1614 (Stone) establishes protocols to protect and empower low-income consumers who receive their benefits through the Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) system.  Co-sponsored with the California Reinvestment Coalition (CRC). Chapter 720.

Signed! AB 1930 (Skinner), the Hunger Free Education Act, reduces barriers to achieving academic success and social mobility for low-income college students and draws down federal food assistance funding through procedures for determining whether they qualify for exemptions to the CalFresh student work requirement. Co-Sponsored with CCWRO. Chapter 729.

Signed! AB 2382 (Bradford) ends the CalWORKs penalty for poor school children and their families when children are unable to attend school, which is duplicative of  newly enacted Education Code and Penal Code penalties that apply to all families.  Co-sponsored with the Children’s Defense Fund of California and 9-to-5 National Association of Working Women, California Branch. Chapter 905.

Signed! AB 2252 (Speaker Emeritus John A. Pérez) establishes consumer protections for child support payments deposits and payment cards. Co-sponsored with the National Consumer Law Center. Chapter 180.


State sued over failure to provide over 200,000 people with Medi-Cal
In the News

By January 2014, over one and one half million people submitted new applications for Medi-Cal as the Affordable Care Act went into effect.  In March an estimated 900,000 applications were unprocessed and still pending.  In September, there were still a quarter million  low-income Medi-Cal applicants waiting, suffering and in some cases, dying, for a decision on their applications.  This is far longer than the 45 day time limit set by law.  The plaintiffs in Rivera v. Douglas have sued the State, seeking a writ of mandate to require the state to process applications within the legal time limit or to provide coverage pending determination of their applications.

Plaintiffs are represented by Western Center, Bay Area Legal Aid, Central California Legal Services, Multiforum Advocacy Solutions, Neighborhood Legal Services, and National Health Law Project.

Major Supreme Court Victory for Innocent Tenants Caught in Foreclosures
In the News

Western Center and co-counsel secured a groundbreaking national victory on behalf of the often forgotten victims of the foreclosure crisis. Read more...


Legislative Blog and Notes
Human Service Bills: Some Signed - Some Vetoed
Notes on the Legislature
Western Center summarizes Governor Jerry Brown's actions taken on Human Services and Access to Jobs & Justice bills that we were tracking during the 2014 legislative session.
Several Western Center Sponsored Bills Signed Before Deadline
Notes on the Legislature
The Governor took action on several Western Center sponsored bills hours before the midnight deadline on September 30th deadline.
Statement: Governor's Signature on AB 1522
Notes on the Legislature
Today, Governor Jerry Brown will sign Assembly Bill 1522, authored by Assembly Member Lorena Gonzalez, which establishes the right to paid sick days for most employees. Western Center offers an analysis of why California’s pioneering new law will reduce poverty and dependence on public benefits.
Statement: Diaper Need Awareness Month
Notes on the Legislature
Western Center on Law and Poverty joins the National Diaper Bank Network and their California Partners in drawing attention to the problem of childhood deep poverty and the consequences of unmet basic needs.
Governor Signature Sought for Western Center Sponsored Bills
Notes on the Legislature
Several Western Center on Law & Poverty sponsored bills to help secure housing, healthcare and a strong safety net for low-income Californians have been passed by the Legislature and are pending the Governor’s action. The Governor has until September 30, 2014 to act on these bills.


Did You Know?
What it takes to live in California

Did You Know??

  • A minimum wage worker in California earns only $1,340/month.
  • In order to afford the fair market rent of a 2-bedroom apartment ($1,249/mo), a minimum wage worker would have to work 120 hours/week, 52 weeks per year.
  • In Los Angeles, a tenant needs to earn $25/hour to afford the average 2-bedroom apartment.
  • 6.6 million Californians lack health insurance – the highest in the nation.
  • 70% of uninsured children are in families where the head of household has a year-round, full-time job.


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