California Legislature—2013–14 Regular Session

Assembly BillNo. 357


Introduced by Assembly Member Pan

February 14, 2013


An act to add Article 7.5 (commencing with Section 124167) to Chapter 3 of Part 2 of Division 106 of the Health and Safety Code, relating to child health.

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL’S DIGEST

AB 357, as introduced, Pan. California Healthy Child Advisory Task Force.

Existing law requires the State Department of Health Care Services to implement and administer various child health and disease prevention programs.

This bill would require the California Health and Human Services Agency to establish the California Healthy Child Advisory Task Force, an independent, statewide advisory body charged with developing a vision for children’s health in the state, among other tasks. The bill would also provide related legislative findings and declarations.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:

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SECTION 1.  

The Legislature finds and declares all of the
2following:

3(a) The health and well-being of California’s children should
4be among the state’s top priorities, and it is imperative that every
P2    1child in California has meaningful health coverage with benefits
2that support healthy growth and development.

3(b) Children’s health coverage should encompass more than
4just treatment of diseases and illnesses, but also cover services and
5care to promote healthy development and well-being.

6(c) All children should receive care that meets recognized
7standards of practice.

8(d) For the first time in history, the current generation of children
9is likely to be less healthy than their parents and live shorter lives.

10(e) The incidences and types of chronic disease in children have
11both increased and changed dramatically over the past four decades.
12One in five children have a mental health problem, and the number
13of overweight children has tripled for preschoolers and adolescents
14and quadrupled for children 6 to 11 years of age, inclusive.

15(f) Approximately 1.1 million children in California are
16uninsured, and the quality of children’s health services and access
17to these services reflect significant disparities in geographic, racial,
18ethnic, and socioeconomic status.

19(g) Children with special health care needs are often those who
20experience the greatest challenges in accessing a variety of the
21high quality services they need.

22(h) The administration and delivery of child health programs is
23often ineffective, uncoordinated, and incomplete with little
24accountability for quality.

25(i) The modern epidemics facing children today have lifelong
26consequences and present significant costs to the economy. The
27failure to ensure the health of our children may jeopardize their
28ability to function effectively as adults and for our state and nation
29to remain strong and competitive in our global society.

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SEC. 2.  

Article 7.5 (commencing with Section 124167) is
31added to Chapter 3 of Part 2 of Division 106 of the Health and
32Safety Code
, to read:

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34Article 7.5.  California Healthy Child Advisory Task Force
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124167.  

The California Health and Human Services Agency
37shall establish the California Healthy Child Advisory Task Force,
38an independent, statewide advisory body charged with developing
39a vision for children’s health in California, making
40recommendations on improving child health systems, and setting
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2developmentally appropriate health promotion and other support
3services.



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