2022 Advocacy

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Protect, promote, and support breastfeeding in San Diego County

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  • 2022 Policy Platform

    See our policy priorities and sponsored bills for 2022

Federal Legislation

An employer shall provide—

(1)

a reasonable break time for an employee to express breast milk for such employee’s nursing child for 1 year after the child’s birth each time such employee has need to express the milk; and

(2)

a place, other than a bathroom, that is shielded from view and free from intrusion from coworkers and the public, which may be used by an employee to express breast milk.

This bill directs multi-agency efforts to improve maternal health, particularly among racial and ethnic minority groups, veterans, and other vulnerable populations. It also addresses maternal health issues related to COVID-19 (i.e., coronavirus disease 2019).

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and other specified departments must address the social determinants of maternal health, which include child care, housing, food security, transportation, and environmental conditions.

The bill also extends to 24 months postpartum eligibility for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Woman, Infants, and Children.

Additionally, HHS and other agencies must take actions to grow and diversify the maternal health workforce.

To increase access to maternity care, HHS and other agencies must (1) award specified grants; (2) test an alternative payment model for perinatal care under Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP); and (3) support training, technology, and telehealth initiatives.

The bill also increases research and data collection on maternal morbidity and mortality, particularly among tribal populations and minority groups.

The Bureau of Prisons and the Department of Justice must establish programs to improve maternity care for incarcerated populations. The Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission must also report on the impact of Medicaid ineligibility for pregnant and postpartum prisoners. Additionally, as a condition for certain grants, states and territories must have laws limiting the use of restraints on pregnant individuals in prisons.

The bill also directs activities to mitigate adverse maternal health outcomes associated with climate change and to improve maternal vaccination rates.

To amend the Child Nutrition Act of 1966 to permit video or telephone certifications under the special supplemental nutrition program for women, infants, and children, and for other purposes.

The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) is a federally funded program that supports the health and nutritional needs of pregnant women, infants, and children up to age five. WIC serves nearly one million Californians. Despite the program's tremendous reach, structural barriers have contributed to a decline in participation. The program fails to reach 500,000 eligible women, infants, and children across California. Many more remain ineligible.

The bipartisan Wise Investment in our Children (WIC) Act (S.853 H.R.2011) takes three important steps to help close gaps in access to the WIC program:

  1. Extends child eligibility to age six.
  2. Extends postpartum eligibility to two years.
  3. Extends infant certification periods to two years.

The DEMAND Act would ensure that lactation support services and supplies are eligible expenses for emergency assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Critical Needs Assistance program.

State Legislation

This bill seeks to ensure that pregnant people and families who are currently on CalWORKS have housing support, Expanding temporary housing benefits by Expedite access to temporary housing assistance, Increase the amount of time that families can receive temporary shelter assistance from 16 consecutive days to 40

Bill Status

Bill Status

This bill would revise the formulas described above for periods of disability commencing after January 1, 2023, but before January 1, 2025, by redefining the weekly benefit amount to be equal to 65% or 80% of the wages paid to an individual for employment by employers during the quarter of the individual’s disability base period in which these wages were highest, divided by 13, but not exceeding the maximum workers’ compensation temporary disability indemnity weekly benefit amount established by the Department of Industrial Relations, depending on the amount of wages paid to the individual for employment by employers during the quarter of the individual’s disability base period in which these wages were highest.

The bill would, for periods of disability commencing after January 1, 2025, increase the wage replacement percentages to be equal to 70% or 90% depending on the amount of wages paid to the individual for employment by employers during the quarter of the individual’s disability base period in which these wages were highest.

 

Local Legislation

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