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Aircraft flights necessary for emergency medical treatment are exempt from existing restrictions that regulate the operation of aircraft, including the times and places of departure, and noise level restrictions. Within 72 hours of the emergency aircraft flight, written information concerning the emergency (including the patient's name and address, a signed statement by the attending physician specifying that a medical emergency was involved, etc.) must be submitted to the airport proprietor. The written disclosure must be consistent with the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), the regulations issued by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, and the Confidentiality of Medical Information Act. However, if the emergency flight was operated by law enforcement, firefighting, or military personnel, they are exempt from the reporting requirement.


The Public Utilities Commission oversees California's universal service programs, which includes (1) providing telecommunications devices for individuals certified as deaf or hearing impaired, and (2) providing access to a speech-generating device to any subscriber certified as having a speech disability. (a) A licensed optometrist, physician and surgeon, or physician assistant may certify that an individual qualifies for a hearing-impaired telecommunications device. The certification can also be provided by a qualified state or federal agency as determined by the commission. d)(1) The commission shall also design and implement a program to provide access to a speech-generating device to any subscriber who is certified as having a speech disability at no charge additional to the basic exchange rate. The certification shall be provided by a licensed physician, licensed speech-language pathologist, or qualified state or federal agency.

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