June 2019

In this Issue

Momentum for Community-Based Alternatives to Nursing Homes

On June 18, the U.S.

California’s Hypocritical Move to Stop Trump Administration “Conscience” Protection Rules

The State of California recently asked a federal court to stop the implementation of new federal rules protecting health care providers who refuse to give treatment based on the providers’ religious beliefs or “conscience.” The State argues that “California laws carefully balance conscience protections with Californians’ right to full and equal access to healthcare” and cites the health care conscience law in our Probate Code as an example of this “balanced” approach. While the lawsuit against the feds may be worthwhile, California ought to be addressing its own poorly written health care conscience and medical futility laws that leave patients with virtually no protections from having their care denied or withdrawn.