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At our urging, legislators in Sacramento have passed Senate Bill 275 to ensure the state—and all hospitals—are much better prepared for a pandemic.
Senator Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) and Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) worked with us to author SB 275, designed to avoid future catastrophic shortages of PPE.
If signed by the Governor, SB 275 as amended will:
- Mandate California to create a stockpile within one year of its funding. The stockpile will be maintained as necessary.
- Create a state task force to advise the state on the creation of the stockpile. The task force will include two healthcare and two essential worker seats. This task force will also inform the definition of “Surge Consumption PPE” and what health employers should have.
- Require Hospitals, Nursing Homes, Large Medical Practices, and Dialysis Clinics to have 45 days of Surge Consumption PPE.
- Requires health employers to provide PPE upon request to employees—your supervisors cannot deny your request or force you to re-use your PPE.
- Establish a financial penalty for employers who don’t have a sufficient inventory of PPE or fail to provide PPE to workers.
- Establish a requirement for healthcare employers to send their inventory to the state.
This bill is a good first step in establishing baseline pandemic-readiness that was lacking when COVID-19 hit the state. Together, we will continue to push our hospitals, communities, state and nation to be better prepared for a pandemic or other emergency.