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Los Angeles Board of Education approves vaccine mandate for students

| Sep 9, 2021 | California

The Los Angeles Unified Board of Education voted unanimously on Thursday to require all of its students to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 -- making it one of the first school districts in the country to do so.  The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), the second largest school district...[ Read More ]

California legislature poised to establish Rare Disease Advisory Council

| Sep 7, 2021 | California

Senator Susan Eggman’s bill to create a Rare Disease Advisory Council is nearing the last steps of its journey to passage after clearing the Senate on Thursday. SB 247, which Eggman said is a “much-needed” bill, is headed to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s desk. The governor has until Oct. 10 to...[ Read More ]

Report gives California a "C" grade for its COVID-19 response in prisons

| Sep 3, 2021 | California

According to a report from the Prison Policy Initiative released on Wednesday, California has had the second best response to COVID-19 in prisons in the country, but the state’s “C” ranking isn’t cause for celebration.  The report evaluated each state’s department of corrections on their response to COVID-19 in prisons,...[ Read More ]

Sutter settlement will "provide roadmap" for rest of country to hold health systems accountable

| Sep 2, 2021 | California

On Friday, a district judge granted final approval to settle employer groups’ class action lawsuit against Sutter Health that alleges anti-competitive practices and overcharging, requiring the health system to pay $575 million in fines.  Elizabeth Mitchell, the president and CEO of Purchaser Business Group on Health -- which helped convene...[ Read More ]

Requiring video as part of telehealth visits can increase patient use of video over audio-only

| Sep 1, 2021 | California

At West County Health Centers (WCHC), the use of video telehealth visits, compared to audio-only, rose from 15% to 50% during the pandemic, which the organization’s CEO Dr. Jason Cunningham said is largely because the facility made it a requirement for patients to use video during telehealth visits. Cunningham described...[ Read More ]

Texas lawmakers reach compromise on school mask mandates, plan to allow parents to "opt out"

| Aug 31, 2021 | Texas

Texas lawmakers with contrasting bills on school mask mandates recently reached an agreement on legislation to address the issue. In a meeting of the Texas House Committee on Public Education on Monday, committee Chair Rep. Harold Dutton, Jr., said he and Rep. Jeff Leach plan to craft a bill that...[ Read More ]

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