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July 01, 2022

Proposed California Bill Would Increase Access to Clinical Trials for Many Low-Income Californians

A proposed bill in California, Senate Bill 987, would require Medi-Cal managed care plans to make good-faith efforts to contract with at least one National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center or other qualifying cancer center that handles community-based clinical trials.  If a Medi-Cal enrollee is diagnosed with a complex cancer, the managed care plan would be required to refer the patient to that provider within 15 business days if the patient requests the referral. The bill is intended to make access to such treatments and clinical trials available to Medi-Cal enrollees and to address racial and income disparities that exist in clinical trials. 

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