as amended, Wood.
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Existing law, the Knox-Keene Health Care Service Plan Act of 1975, provides for the licensure and regulation of health care service plans by the Department of Managed Health Care and makes a willful violation of that act a crime. Existing law also provides for the regulation of health insurers by the Department of Insurance. These provisions require specified services and drugs to be covered by the various health care service plans and health insurers.end delete
This bill would require health care service plans and health insurers representatives, in collaboration with certain entities, to convene an Opioid Abuse Task Force on or before February 1, 2017, for the purpose of developing recommendations regarding the abuse and misuse of opioids, as specified. The bill would require the task force to submit a report detailing its findings and recommendations to specified government entities on or before December 31, 2017. The bill would require the task force to be dissolved on June 1, 2018. The bill would provide that a violation of these provisions by a health care service plan does not constitute a crime under the Knox-Keene Health Care Service Plan Act of 1975. The bill would make related legislative findings and declarations.end delete
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Fiscal committee: begin deleteno end delete.
State-mandated local program: no.
The people of the State of California do enact as follows:
The Legislature finds and declares as follows:
39(a) Abuse and misuse of opioids is a serious problem that affects
40the health, social, and economic welfare of the state.
P4 1(b) After alcohol, prescription drugs are the most commonly
2abused substances by Americans over 12 years of age.
3(c) Almost 2,000,000 people in the United States suffer from
4substance use disorders related to prescription opioid pain relievers.
5(d) Nonmedical use of prescription opioid pain relievers can be
6particularly dangerous when the products are manipulated for
7snorting, injection, or combination with other drugs.
8(e) Deaths involving prescription opioid pain relievers represent
9the largest proportion of drug overdose deaths, greater than the
10number of overdose deaths involving heroin or cocaine.
11(f) The number of unintentional overdose deaths involving
12prescription opioid pain relievers has more than quadrupled since
Division 10.10 (commencing with Section 11999.30)
15is added to the Health and Safety Code, to read:
(a) On or before February 1, 2017, health care
20service plans and health insurer representatives, in collaboration
21with advocates, experts, health care professionals, and other entities
22and stakeholders that they deem appropriate, shall convene an
23Opioid Abuse Task Force. The task force shall develop
24recommendations regarding the abuse and misuse of opioids as a
25serious problem that affects the health, social welfare, and
26economic welfare of persons in the state. The task force shall
27address all of the following:
28(1) Interventions that have been scientifically validated and
29have demonstrated clinical efficacy.
30(2) Interventions that have measurable treatment outcomes.
31(3) Collaborative, evidence-based approaches to resolving opioid
32abuse and misuse that incorporate both the provider and the patient
33into the solution.
34(4) Education that engages and encourages providers to be
35prudent in prescribing opioids and to be proactive in defining care
36plans that include a plan to taper and stop opioid use.
37(5) Review and consideration of medication coverage policies
38and formulary management and development of an interdisciplinary
39case management program that addresses quality, fraud, waste,
P5 1(b) On or before December 31, 2017, the task force shall submit
2a report detailing its findings and recommendations to the
3Governor, the President pro Tempore of the Senate, the Speaker
4of the Assembly, the Senate Committee on Health, and the
5Assembly Committee on Health.
6(c) The task force shall be dissolved and shall cease to exist on
7June 1, 2018.
8(d) A violation of this section is not subject to Section 1390.
This division shall remain in effect only until January
101, 2019, and as of that date is repealed, unless a later enacted
11statute, that is enacted before January 1, 2019, deletes or extends