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Board Actions on Q2 Council Reports

May 01, 2023


Thank you to all who participated online or through your delegation to provide testimony on our second quarter (Q2) resolutions. Your input was used to inform the Councils and Subcommittees, which met and developed recommendations to be considered by the California Medical Association (CMA) Board of Trustees.

The board took the following actions on the recommendations in the report from the Council on Science and Public Health:


RECOMMENDATION 1: 102-21 Restorative Justice Package for the Crack Cocaine Epidemic

RESOLVED: That CMA (1) continues to support the right of incarcerated individuals to receive appropriate care for substance use disorders, (2) supports providing incentives for incarcerated individuals to overcome substance use disorders such as participation in treatment as a condition for early release, and (3) supports providing access to social services (ex. family therapy) during and after incarceration; and be it further

RESOLVED: That CMA (1) recognizes that criminalization of substance use disproportionately impacts minoritized and disadvantaged communities due to structural racism and implicit bias, (2) acknowledges inequitable sentencing structures, such as towards crack cocaine versus opioids, have contributed to unjust imprisonments, and (3) supports implicit bias and antiracism training for medical professionals working in correctional facilities; and be it further

RESOLVED That this be referred for national action.

Board action: Approved council's recommendation to adopt substitute resolution


RECOMMENDATION 2: The Council on Science and Public Health recommends reaffirmation of resolutions 2-26-93:14.1, 707-99, and 107a-11.

Board action: Approved council's recommendation to reaffirm resolutions


RECOMMENDATION 3: 101-23 Providing Assistance to Refugees and Asylum Seekers

RESOLVED: That CMA supports the study of the health and social determinants of health of refugee and asylum seekers in California; and be it further

RESOLVED: That CMA supports the development and dissemination of information about managing conditions unique to refugee health to California physicians and other health workers who work with refugee and asylum seekers.

Board action: Approved council's recommendation to adopt substitute resolution


RECMMENDATION 4: The Council on Science and Public Health recommends reaffirmation of Resolutions 212-94, 210-13, 512-13, 502-20, and 503-20.

Board action: Approved cuncil's recommendation to reaffirm resolutions


RECOMMENDATION 5: 103-23 Advocating for Permanent Standard Time

That CMA supports establishing Permanent Standard Time and opposes establishing a seasonal or Permanent Daylight Saving Time.

Board Action: Approved council's recommendation to adopt amended resolution


RECOMMENDATION 6: 104-23 Access to Free Menstrual Health Products

RESOLVED: That CMA recognizes menstrual hygiene products as necessary for the health and wellbeing of menstruating people and supports providing free menstrual products in schools, correctional facilities and restrooms accessible to the public, and strongly encourages private institutions and places of work to provide access to free menstrual products.

Board Action: Approved council's recommendation to adopt amended resolution


The board took the following action on the recommendations in the report from the Council on Medical Services


RECOMMENDATION 1: 202-23: Coverage for Observation Services

RESOLVED: That CMA supports Medi-Cal and commercial health plans reimbursing providers and facilities for observation services.

Board Action: Approved recommendation as amended

 

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