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Bill mandating emergency phone calls for incarcerated people hospitalized with serious medical conditions moves to Newsom’s desk

| Sep 19, 2022 | California

A bill requiring the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) to allow incarcerated individuals and specified individuals outside of CDCR to make emergency phone calls when that incarcerated person has been hospitalized for a serious medical condition has made its way to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s desk.     These...[ Read More ]

New Medi-Cal benefit will address longstanding reimbursement inconsistency for community health workers, expert says

| Sep 16, 2022 | California

The addition of community health workers (CHW) and promotore services as a Medi-Cal benefit is just one part of California’s larger efforts to make these services more accessible across the state, according to Carlina Hansen, Senior Program Officer of Improving Access at the California Health Care Foundation.     Gov....[ Read More ]

MDHHS seeks proposals to expand Intensive Crisis Stabilization Services for children

| Sep 16, 2022 | Michigan

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) announced this week that it is accepting proposals for the MI Kids Now Mobile Response Grant Program for the grant period of Jan. 1st, 2023, to Sept. 30th, 2023.     This Request for Proposals (RFP) comes as MDHHS has announced...[ Read More ]

Pima County analysis shows vaccinated employees incur less health care costs than unvaccinated employees

| Sep 15, 2022 | Arizona

With the ban on COVID-19 vaccination mandates for employees of government entities in the state taking effect on Sept. 24th, new data shows that vaccinated employees in Pima County have cost the county “significantly” less in health care costs than unvaccinated employees.     To promote vaccination rates, the Pima...[ Read More ]

Q&A: Newly-appointed Surgeon General Diana Ramos, MD, discusses youth behavioral health, reproductive health, and health equity

| Sep 14, 2022 | California

Diana Ramos, MD, was appointed as California’s second-ever Surgeon General by Gov. Gavin Newsom in August. Ramos has served as Public Health Administrator at the California Department of Public Health’s (CDPH) Center for Healthy Communities since 2021, and was a Public Health Medical Officer at CDPH from 2017 to 2021....[ Read More ]

Bill requiring health plans to cover biomarker testing moves to Newsom’s desk

| Sep 12, 2022 | California

A bill improving access to biomarker testing was enrolled and sent to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s desk on Sept. 6th.     Senate Bill 912, sponsored by Sen. Monique Limon (D - Santa Barbara), requires health plans to provide coverage for biomarker testing for the diagnosis, treatment, management, or ongoing monitoring...[ Read More ]