SACRAMENTO, CA –Assembly Bill 1668, the “Right to Try Act” authored by Majority Leader Ian Calderon (D-Whittier) which would allow patients with a serious or immediately life threatening disease to seek investigational drugs when other treatment options have been exhausted, passed the Senate Health Committee today with bipartisan support.
SACRAMENTO, CA – Assembly Bill 1899, a measure authored by Majority Leader Ian Calderon (D-Whittier) that would require examinations for insurance agents to be available in both English and Spanish, was approved with bipartisan support by the Senate Insurance Committee today.
“Providing a licensed agent who speaks the same language as the consumer allows for better explanations of the intricacies of insurances policies,” stated Majority Leader Calderon. “Speaking to an agent in their own language not only prevents fraud, but also particularly benefits Latino seniors, offering them enhanced access to insurance products.”>
The California Department of Insurance offers licenses for many types of insurance related professionals, including insurance agents and adjusters. In order to be a licensed seller of insurance policies, agents must pass a qualifying exam; currently these licensure examinations are only offered in English.
AB 1899 requires the California Department of Insurance to offer the examination for licensure of a life agent, life-only agent, and accident and health agent in both English and Spanish. In addition to protecting Spanish-speaking consumers from miscommunication or fraud, the measure would provide native Spanish speakers an equal opportunity to take a licensure examination and enter an important part of the workforce.
As of 2013, the U.S. Census Bureau estimates that roughly 10 million Californians speak Spanish; this accounts for nearly one third of California’s population. Currently, Florida, Texas, and New Jersey offer insurance licensing exams in both English and Spanish; with such a large Spanish-speaking population, California should address the needs of its diverse population.
Contact: Lerna Shirinian, (562) 692-5858
SACRAMENTO, CA – Assembly Bill 2079, a measure authored Majority Leader Ian Calderon (D–Whittier) which would raise the minimum number of direct care service hours for nursing assistants in order to improve the quality of care in nursing facilities, passed the Senate Health Committee today.
SACRAMENTO, CA – On the same day the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) published their updated regulations for unmanned aircraft systems (UASs), the Senate Public Safety Committee approved Assembly Bill 2320 with bi-partisan support.
SACRAMENTO, CA – Assembly Bill 2519, a measure authored by Majority Leader Ian Calderon (D-Whittier) which expands after school emergency action plans to include “after the bell” activities and requires the participation of coaches in the development of safety plans, passed the Senate Education Committee today with bipartisan support.
SACRAMENTO, CA – Assembly Bill 598, a measure authored by Majority Leader Ian Calderon (D-Whittier) which creates consistency in law and outlines expectations for contracting agencies and providers in Family Child Care Home Education Networks (FCCHENs), passed the Senate Education Committee today with bipartisan support.
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