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OEHHA to accept public comments on drinking water decontamination initiative

| Jul 23, 2021 | California

After announcing an ambitious, first-in-the-state plan to address the state’s contaminated drinking water, the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) will accept public input on the effort from July 30 to Sept. 28 of 2021. Implementation of the initiative is expected to take several years. The plan aims...[ Read More ]

Dallas area's COVID-19 hospital bed occupancy increases 31% over 30-day period

| Jul 22, 2021 | Texas

As the highly transmissible Delta variant continues to spread across the country, hospitals in the Dallas-Fort Worth area have seen a combined 31% increase in bed occupancy for COVID-19 patients, according to Stephen Love, president and CEO of the Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council.     Love said the 976 COVID-19...[ Read More ]

5 Things California: Asm. Arambula, Rx in legislature, CalAIM renewal

| Jul 22, 2021 | California

This edition of "5 Things We're Watching" features an update on DHCS's CalAIM renewal application, a conversation with Medi-Cal expansion advocate Asm. Arambula, and an intriguing report from Manifest MedEx revealing a significant drop in preventive care visits during the pandemic. Please feel free to email me with any tips or suggestions for...[ Read More ]

California's effort to eliminate deductibles on prescription drugs for individuals with chronic conditions is a "tremendous idea," says expert

| Jul 21, 2021 | California

Senator Richard Pan’s bill to eliminate deductibles on prescription drugs for individuals with chronic diseases was held by the Assembly Health Committee in early June. Despite its stagnation in the legislature, Dr. Shane Desselle, Professor of Pharmacy at Touro University, says the bill is a “tremendous idea” because it can...[ Read More ]

Q&A: Asm. Joaquin Arambula is continuing to push for Medi-Cal expansion

| Jul 19, 2021 | California

Assemblymember Joaquin Arambula, MD, is one of the most proactive health policymakers in the California Legislature. A former emergency room doctor, his experience in the medical field inspired him to become a lawmaker to address the issues he observed in state health care. He was first elected to the Assembly...[ Read More ]

California bill to mandate PPE reimbursement for providers stalls in second chamber

| Jul 15, 2021 | California

Senator Josh Newman’s bill to make personal protective equipment (PPE) more accessible to health care workers was left pending “for future consideration” by California Assembly Health Committee Chair Jim Wood after its hearing on Thursday. Newman is sponsoring SB 242 in response to challenges faced by small and medium providers...[ Read More ]

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