Senate Democrats Kill Moorlach Proposal to Increase Access to Medical Care Providers

Monday, May 18, 2020

The Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee today killed Senate Bills 1053 and 1054, legislation authored by Senator John M. W. Moorlach, R-Costa Mesa, which would have increased access to medical care for providers by allowing for multi-state licensing for nurses and physical therapists.

The two measures would have joined California into the Nurse and Physical Therapy Licensure Compacts. 

“I am deeply disappointed with this decision as five Democrats lack the vision to improve healthcare for Californians in need. SB 1053 would have been a huge step forward in preparing for future surges in COVID-19 and other potential emergencies,” said Moorlach. “In addition, SB 1053 and SB 1054 would have greatly eased barriers for military spouses, increased access to tele-health in underserved communities, and reduced costs in our healthcare system. I am committed to continuing this fight for mobility and flexibility in California’s healthcare system.”

Moorlach’s legislation garnered the support of a broad and diverse coalition of stakeholders, including the California Hospital Association, the California Physical Therapists Association, the California Association of Health Facilities, the United States Department of Defense, the AARP, and the California Telehealth Network. The full support list is available below. SB 1054 (Physical Therapy) did not receive any formal opposition and SB 1053 (Nursing) only received formal opposition from the California Nurses Association. Nonetheless, five Democrats on the committee voted to oppose both measures.

“I am very appreciative of my Democratic colleagues, Senator Cathleen Galgiani and Senator Bill Dodd, who put patients before union pressure and supported these proposals,” Moorlach said.

For more information on SB 1053 and SB 1054, visit https://moorlach.cssrc.us/legislation

SB 1053

Oppose

California Nurses Association

Support

California Association of Colleges of Nursing
California Hospitals Association
Association of California Nurse Leaders
California Association of Nurse Practitioners
California Organization of Associate Degree Nursing - North
Association of California Health Districts
California Association of Health Facilities
California Association for Health Services at Home
AARP California
California Telehealth Network
Association of Camp Nursing
American Nephrology Nurses Association - Los Angeles Chapter
CMSA San Jose Chapter
CMSA San Francisco/East Bay Chapter
CMSA San Diego Chapter
AMN Healthcare
Travel Nurses Across America
Trusted Health
Platinum Healthcare
Associated Health Professionals Inc.
First Class Nurses, Inc.
Spectrum Medical Staffing
KPG Healthcare
Express Healthcare Professionals
Tharaex Staffing Services
Host Healthcare
Lead Healthstaff
Stability Healthcare
Secure Nursing Service
Coast Medical
Mynela Staffing
US Department of Defense
US Secretary of the Army
California Defense Communities Alliance
San Diego Military Advisory Council
Monterey Bay Defense Alliance
Beale Military Liaison Council
Ventura County Regional Defense Partnership for the 21st Century
China Lake Alliance
Travis Community Consortium
Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools
Western Governors University
2,131 individuals

SB 1054

Oppose

None

Support

California Physical Therapists Association
California Hospitals Association
California Telehealth Network (OCHIN)
California Association for Health Services at Home
California Association of Health Facilities
AMN Healthcare
CORE Rehab Staffing
KPG Healthcare
US Department of Defense
California Defense Communities Alliance
San Diego Military Advisory Council
Monterey Bay Defense Alliance
Beale Military Liaison Council
Ventura County Regional Defense Partnership for the 21st Century
China Lake Alliance
Travis Community Consortium
251 individuals