SACRAMENTO – Two bills addressing the needs of California’s aging population have been sent to the governor for consideration, according to an announcement by Assemblymember Steve Fox (D-Palmdale).
“These laws provide a way to keep families together and keep older members of our families healthier,” Fox stated.
Assembly Bill (AB) 1628 would allow the grandparents of children with incarcerated parents to petition for visitation.
“Under current law, a grandparent is prohibited from filing a petition for visitation while the parents are married, unless one of several circumstances is present. None of the existing circumstances listed in law addresses the situation regarding a parent who is incarcerated,” Fox stated. “When it is in the child’s best interest, AB 1628 would allow children of incarcerated parents to visit with grandparents in stable and supportive family homes.”
The emergency room often is the place where the first signs of major health concerns are revealed. However, California faces a critical shortage of doctors with geriatric expertise and this lack of specific training hinders emergency room physicians’ ability to provide the best quality care for their senior patients.
The Delores Fox Act, AB 2214, directs the Medical Board of California to consider including a course in geriatric care as a continuing medical education requirement for emergency room doctors.
“As the Baby Boomer generation ages, our laws must reflect and respect this social change,” stated Fox. “Our seniors are still active, vital members of society and these laws recognize their importance in our community.”
For more information, visit www.asmdc.org/fox.