California Governor Vetoes AB937 but Orders HIV Specialist Definition
In a letter dated October 10, 2001, Governor Gray Davis explained that he vetoed California bill AB937 because it would have required the California Department of Health Services to develop risk-adjusted rates.
However, in the same letter, Governor Davis also took an extraordinary action that reaffirms the Academy's aggressive education program: he instructed the California Department of Managed Care "to develop and adopt a regulation, to take effect as soon as possible, that defines an HIV/AIDS specialist for the purpose of this law. I believe that this approach will ensure that HIV-positive patients achieve increased access to HIV/AIDS specialists."
AB937 would have required risk-adjusted rates for HIV health care providers. In conversations with Dr. Scott Hitt, the governor explained that he believed that establishing a state-recognized HIV specialist definition would create the same effect while strengthening the existing law, which requires referrals to HIV specialists but does not define an HIV Specialist.
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