California law, doctors now required to take LGBT sensitivity training
More from the land of fruits and nuts coming your way….
New laws addressing health care, business in LGBT community take effect
Health care providers across the state will be required to receive expanded training to better understand and accommodate the needs of LGBT individuals under a new bill that has become law.
Authored by state Assemblyman Richard Gordon, D-Menlo Park, Assembly Bill 496 requires health care providers to include LGBT-specific issues in the cultural competency training their workers receive. Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed the bill into law, along with another piece of legislation authored by Gordon, Assembly Bill 1678, which requires public utilities to implement a program that encourages soliciting bids from LGBT-owned businesses when purchasing goods or services.
AB 496 aims to address inequities in medical treatment for LGBT patients due to a lack of provider understanding of certain issues affecting the community.
While the new health care law extends to LGBT patients accommodations that already existed for members of racial and ethnic minority groups, AB 1678 similarly extends to LGBT contractors certain protections that already applied to businesses owned by women, people of color and veterans. Under the new law, public utilities are required to include LGBT-owned businesses in the same outreach efforts they conduct when soliciting bids from minority, women and veteran-owned