Urge the CA Governor to Increase Access to In-Home Asthma Services in California!

RAMP is thrilled to report that the California Legislature passed AB 391 with near unanimous, bipartisan support! AB 391, which will increase access to patient education and home trigger assessments, now heads to the Governor’s Desk!

We couldn’t have achieved this milestone without the support of so many of you. Thank you! Your hard work has paid off, and we only have one more step for the bill to become law: the Governor’s signature.

Will you help? As with the Legislature, it’s enormously helpful for the Governor to hear that this bill is important and will make a difference in the lives of people with asthma. If you live or conduct work in California, will you take a minute to submit a letter of support to the Governor? Here is a template for your convenience. At one point in the legislative process we had over fifty letters submitted. Please help us get to sixty!

We’re getting closer and closer to expanding access to asthma education and home trigger assessments provided by qualified, non-licensed professionals as part of the asthma care team. We just need your help to get there.

Some additional background about the bill: This California legislation would permit Medicaid reimbursement for asthma education and home environmental trigger assessments provided by non-licensed professionals. We know that prevention-oriented services reduce unnecessary emergency department visits and hospitalizations, yet aren’t systematically accessible, particularly for low-income patients with poorly controlled asthma. AB 391 will change that. Co-sponsored by RAMP, California Pan Ethnic Health Network, and Children Now, the bill would provide the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) with the statutory authority to submit a State Plan Amendment to the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services to adopt the Preventive Services Rule. The Rule allows Medicaid reimbursement for preventive services recommended by a licensed practitioner and provided by professionals who fall outside of a state’s licensing system. This legislation would not only increase patient access to prevention-oriented services, but could also provide a sustainable source of financing for the asthma education and in-home visiting programs throughout California that provide these essential services. AB 391 is authored by Assemblymember David Chiu from District 17.

Questions? Please email RAMP’s Associate Director, Joel Ervice, at joel@rampasthma.org.

Thank you for your continued and tireless support!