Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Legislative Session/John Chiang

September 11th was the deadline for the Governor to sign or veto bills. Overall Small Business California had a pretty  good year with our big disappointment of AB 722 not passing the Senate.
This was our crowd funding bill. We will be bringing it back next year.

I have reported that the Governor signed  AB 1245 which requires businesses with 10 or more employees to file by 2017 EDD reports on line. For businesses with less than 10 employees they will be required to do this by 2018. There is a hardship exemption.

I will be sending to you, in the future, the status of some other  bills that passed or failed but here are just a few that we thought were important:

Small Business California strongly supported or opposed these bills

AB 525. Signed by the Governor to give additional protections to Franchisees in contracts with Franchisors. Supported

AB 1124.This bill will establish drug formularies for prescription drugs  for workers compensation. The cost savings on this are up to $420 million and it will be advantageous to the injured worker. Supported

AB 1230. This will provide a loan fund for small businesses to comply with ADA. Supported

SB 197. Authorizes a licensed lender to compensate an unlicensed person  or company in connection with the referral of prospective borrower. CAMEO was sponsor of this bill. Supported

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For those of you in SF, the Chamber of Commerce is hosting State Treasurer John Chiang Oct 21st  at the Chamber from 2pm to 3:30pm. To make reservations contact Alex Mitra  at
Or call him at 415 352 8808.

Scott Hauge
Small Business California
2311 Taraval Street
San Francisco, CA  94116

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Governor just signed AB1124 (Perea) Workers' Compensation Formulary

Small Business California and especially Lori  Kammerer our Government Affairs person worked hard to get AB1124 passed by the legislature and signed by the Governor.  I would also like to acknowledge  Christine Baker  the  Director of Industrial Relations for all her work in bringing all the stakeholders together. Please see below  press release by Assemblyman Perea.
The Governor has a few more days to sign or veto bills. We have a number of bills  pending and are watching closely. I will be sending out an email listing the results of bills we have been supporting and opposing.

Scott Hauge
Small Business California
2311 Taraval Street
San Francisco, CA  94116

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                       
Contact: Alicia Isaacs, (916) 224-8488
October 6, 2015
Governor Brown Signs Perea Bill Creating
Workers’ Compensation Drug Formulary

SACRAMENTO – Today, Governor Jerry Brown signed Assemblymember Henry T. Perea’s (D-Fresno) Assembly Bill (AB) 1124 into law. AB 1124 will establish a prescription drug formulary in California’s workers’ compensation system. This bill will save the California workers’ compensation system up to $420 million while ensuring injured workers get the necessary level of care that would help them get back to work. 

“A drug formulary in California will ensure our workers are provided with safe and effective care to get them back to work while reducing unnecessary costs and saving California hundreds of millions of dollars,” said Assemblymember Perea. “I applaud Governor Brown for signing this important measure into law.”

“We are pleased that this legislation will help ensure injured workers receive evidence based and appropriate pharmaceuticals at a reasonable cost,” said Christine Baker, Director Department of Industrial Relations. 

“AB 1124 will reduce unnecessary costs within the workers’ compensation system while specifically protecting an injured worker’s right to any medically necessary prescription drugs,” said Mitch Seaman of the California Labor Federation. “In addition, the bill guarantees timely formulary updates as new drugs become available and a phased implementation for workers injured prior to the bill’s effective date. We applaud the work of the author, the Department of Industrial Relations, and the broad coalition of workers’ compensation stakeholders, and we look forward to remaining closely involved as the formulary works its way through the regulatory process.”

“On behalf of small businesses across California, we applaud both Assemblymember Henry Perea and Governor Jerry Brown in taking the concept of a work comp drug formulary and actually creating law. We believe this is a huge step forward in a multi-pronged strategy to address the misuse and abuse of prescription drugs,” said Scott Hauge, President, Small Business California.

“The California Chamber of Commerce commends Assemblymember Perea for his leadership in creating a safer and more efficient workers’ compensation system,” said Jeremy Merz of the California Chamber of Commerce. “By creating a prescription medication formulary, AB 1124 will provide effective and evidence-based treatment for injured workers while reducing delays and medical disputes.  This legislation furthers the goal of a balanced workers compensation system that provides timely benefits to injured workers and minimizes friction in the system.” 

“The American Insurance Association (AIA) is pleased to support AB 1124 and the adoption of a workers' compensation drug formulary.  An effective formulary will assist in injured workers' medical outcomes, lesson system friction and provide for savings.  Formularies have been adopted in other states, and have proven to be effective in the managed care setting,” said Steve Suchil, Assistant Vice President/Counsel, State Affairs Western Region, (AIA). “Assembly Member Perea and his staff worked hard to convene meetings with affected parties and consider various points of view.  Passage of AB 1124 is another significant step in improving the workers' compensation system.”

“Congratulations to Assemblymember Perea and Governor Brown in making AB 1124 law. California’s upcoming drug formulary should result in prescribing behavior changes away from dangerous prescription drugs and combinations of drugs to more clinically appropriate means of managing chronic pain. If the injured worker wins by getting better care faster, then all other stakeholders also win,” said Mark Pew, Senior Vice President, PRIUM.

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Thank you,

Jose G. Torres
Legislative Aide
Office of Asm. Henry T. Perea, 31st A.D.
State Capitol, Room 3120
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 319-2031
Fax: (916) 319-2131