A bill by a local state Assembly member that would ensure emergency healthcare providers have access to full medical records when treating patients with mental illnesses has passed from committee to the Assembly floor.
Assembly Bill 1119, authored by Assemblywoman Monique Limón, D-Santa Barbara, moved out of the Assembly Health Committee on May 9 on a unanimous vote, said a spokeswoman for Limón’s office.
Limón, who currently serves as an Assembly assistant majority whip, represents the 37th Assembly District, which includes Solvang and Buellton.
Emergency medicine providers treating patients with mental illnesses report they often have limited access to health records for their patients, Limón said.
She said healthcare providers have interpreted existing law differently, resulting in incomplete health records and others not released to emergency physicians at all, while some healthcare providers require prior patient consent and others don’t.
“Lack of information is a substantial barrier to effective care in the emergency room, where patients are in crisis and timely consent is not always possible,” she said, noting her bill will address the lack of clarity in the law.
The measure is scheduled to be heard on the Assembly floor in the coming weeks.