SAN FRANCISCO — Health care providers across the state will be required to receive expanded training to better understand and accommodate the needs of LGBT residents under a new bill that has become law, the San Francisco Examiner reports.
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, the article said. 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, the Examiner reports.