Senate Committee on Health

JURISDICTION: Bills relating to public health, alcohol and drug abuse, mental health, public and private health insurance and managed care, food safety, health facility licensing, prescription drugs, emergency medical services, and related institutions.
The Senate Committee on Health meets every Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. in Room 4203 of the Capitol (unless otherwise noted in the Daily File, due to COVID-19 restrictions).



ACCESS CODE: 7056909


Wednesday, September 8, 2021
Upon Call of the Chair -- John L. Burton Hearing Room (4203)





SB 48


Medi-Cal: annual cognitive health assessment.


Upon calling in, you will be placed in a “waiting room” where you will be muted but you can listen to the committee hearing as you wait.


Due to the statewide stay-at-home order and guidance on physical distancing, seating for committee hearings will be very limited for press and for the public. All are encouraged to watch our hearing from its live stream on the Senate’s website at


Public Testimony Participant Teleconference Instructions:

  • We encourage the public to submit written testimony before the hearing through the position letter portal. Please note that any written testimony submitted to the committee is considered public comment and may be read into the record or reprinted.
  • The Capitol will be open for attendance of committee hearings, but the public is strongly encouraged to participate via the web portal or telephonically.
  • Information regarding a call-in option for testimony will be made available and updated the night prior to the hearing date.
Please note: Mute any devices you are using to live stream the commitee hearing prior to calling into the teleconference service. Please do not testify using speakerphone or bluetooth, this can cause acoustic feedback and make it very difficult to hear your testimony.
  • When a committee moves to public comment, a moderator will ask for anyone who is wishing to testify in “Support” of the bill to please press 1-0.  The moderator will again prompt those waiting in “Opposition” when the committee moves to opposition.  You should press 1-0 when you are prompted by the moderator – be sure to listen for support or opposition and DO NOT press 1-0 until the proper position has been asked for. 
  • When you press 1-0 on your phone, you will wait and an operator will assign you a line number, at that time you will be placed in the queue for identification.  Remember your line number, the moderator will call out that number to identify YOU when it is your turn to testify.  OF IMPORTANT NOTE: If you press 1-0 a second time, you will remove yourself from the queue and you will not be identified to testify. Every time you press 1-0 you either put yourself “In queue” or take yourself “Out of queue” so listen carefully, and press 1-0 only once when you are prompted by the moderator.
  • When you are successfully in the queue, with your assigned line number, the moderator will call out your line number, open your line, and at that time you may address the committee. You must have your own phone unmuted before you begin testimony.

A more detailed explanation of the teleconference instructions can be found by clicking the “Teleconference Instructions” 

Support/Opposition Letters

Submit Position Letter

Support and opposition letters are due by 3:00 p.m. seven calendar days prior to a scheduled hearing in order to be included on the analyses.

  • Letters must be on letterhead with signature and title of an official of the organization or designated representative.
  • Coalition letters must have logos, signatures, and titles for all organizations.
  • Letters of conditional support will not be listed on the analysis.
  • Letters must clearly indicate position (letters containing "concern" may not be listed).
  • Submit letters only once unless bill is subsequently amended causing uncertainty as to the organization's present position.

Letters can be sent to the Committee by:

  • Using the Advocacy Portal by clicking on the "Submit Position Letter" icon above; or, 
  • Mailed to us at: Senate Health Committee, State Capitol Room 2191, Sacramento, CA 95814.

For detailed directions on submitting a position letter:  Advocacy Quick Reference Guide


Senate Health Committee Consultants:

Melanie Moreno 

Teri Boughton     

Kimberly Chen    

Reyes Diaz           

Vince Marchand 


Senate Health Committee Assistants:

Aimee Anspach 


Senate Health Committee Phone: 916-651-4111


Senator Richard Pan (Chair)
Senator Melissa A. Melendez (Vice Chair)
Senator Susan Talamantes Eggman
Senator Lena A. Gonzalez
Senator Shannon Grove
Senator Melissa Hurtado
Senator Connie M. Leyva
Senator Monique Limón
Senator Richard D. Roth
Senator Susan Rubio
Senator Scott D. Wiener


To protect public health and slow the transmission of the coronavirus (COVID-19), the State Capitol is closed to the public.  However, we are working remotely to continue to serve you. 
  • We are receiving office phone calls and responding to all email communication during the business hours of 9:00 a.m. ~ 5:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday, excluding holidays. 
  • We will continue to receive position letters on all legislation via the advocacy portal and mail.
  • We will continue to keep our website up to date on the status of our bill hearings.
  • Author’s Amendments to bills in our committee will be accepted and processed via email.

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