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Aguiar-Curry telehealth bill flies out of committee

SACRAMENTO — Assembly Bill 32, authored by Assemblywoman Cecilia Aguiar-Curry, D-Winters, and Assemblyman Robert Rivas, D-Hollister, to expand virtual telehealth services,  passed its first significant hurdle on Tuesday receiving a bipartisan, 13-0 vote in the Assembly Health Committee.

California State Assembly committee approves Yolo County drug treatment pilot program

The California State Assembly Public Safety Committee passed a bill that would grant Yolo County the ability to build a secure drug treatment facility for people involved in the criminal justice system who also suffer from substance use disorders.

AB 1542, named “Hope Yolo,” was written by Assemblyman Kevin McCarty along with Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig and Yolo County Supervisor Gary Sandy. It was co-authored by State Sen. Bill Dodd and Assemblywoman Cecilia Aguiar-Curry.

Lake County lawmakers honored as legislators of the year by statewide local government association

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA – On Wednesday, special districts throughout California recognized Representative John Garamendi (D-Walnut Grove) and Assemblymember Cecilia Aguiar-Curry (D-Winters) as their Legislators of the Year at a virtual event.

This is the first year that the California Special Districts Association, or CSDA, has chosen to recognize both a state and federal lawmaker with this distinction.

Garamendi, Aguiar-Curry honored for support of special districts

A pair of politicians who represent Solano County have been named Legislators of the Year by the California Special Districts Association (CSDA).

Rep. John Garamendi and Assemblywoman Cecilia Aguiar-Curry, both Democrats whose districts include portions of Solano County, were recognized for their work supporting special districts in California over a special Zoom event. Special districts are local government agencies created by the people to provide essential services such as water, sanitation, fire protection, parks and more.

Telehealth Bill Introduced to Improve Health Care Access

CALIFORNIA  – On the first day of the California Legislative session in the new year, health care providers and advocacy groups join Assemblymember Cecilia Aguiar-Curry in uplifting the significance of Assembly Bill (AB) 32. Introduced in December to highlight the pressing need to strengthen telehealth access during this legislative session, AB 32 seeks to make current telehealth flexibilities permanent under state law. Telehealth modalities, like phone and video calls, and remote enrollment in state health programs have been critical in providing health care during COVID-19, but are currently contingent upon federal and state public health emergency declarations.

“The expansion of telehealth during the COVID-19 pandemic has been one of the few silver linings of this challenging time. It has transformed healthcare during our nation’s worst health crisis in a century, allowing patients to maintain timely access to care while also mitigating COVID-19 exposure,” said Assemblymember Aguiar-Curry. “Access to healthcare should not require a state of emergency, nor depend upon a person’s location, mobility, or income. It’s time for the State of California to recognize that access to health care is always important, and to make telehealth part of our health world whether or not we face a crisis.”