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Q&A: Asm. Nazarian talks prescription drug costs and planned legislation for 2022

| Dec 30, 2021 | California

Asm. Adrin Nazarian (D – Los Angeles) has served California’s 46th Assembly District since 2012. He currently chairs the Assembly Aging and Long-Term Care Committee and sits on the Health Committee. In this Q&A, Nazarian discusses his health policy priorities for the upcoming legislative session, including lowering prescription drug costs...[ Read More ]

More health bills filed ahead of the 2022 legislative session

| Dec 28, 2021 | Arizona

Several more health bills have been prefiled for the Arizona Legislature’s 2022 session. The bills include topics such as vaccine mandates, services for individuals with developmental disabilities, minors and gender identity, and public health emergencies.     Listed below are some of the health bills that have been prefiled since...[ Read More ]

AzPHA Report: Arizona had highest increase in excess deaths during pandemic

| Dec 23, 2021 | Arizona

On Dec. 19, the Arizona Public Health Association (AzPHA) published a new report providing an update on the excess of all-cause mortality and selected cause-specific mortality in Arizona since the start of the pandemic. This report updates earlier data in 2020 that revealed an unprecedented increase in all-cause mortality in...[ Read More ]

Q&A: Asm. Waldron will prioritize behavioral health workforce and substance abuse treatment in counties for upcoming session

| Dec 22, 2021 | California

Assemblymember Marie Waldron (R - Escondido) has been representing Assembly District 75 since 2012. She is a member of the Assembly Health Committee and has served on numerous select committees such as biotechnology, health care access in rural communities, infectious diseases, and intellectual and developmental disabilities.  In this Q&A, Waldron...[ Read More ]

CHCF report: Better data collection for HCBS usage is critical to addressing disparities in the program

| Dec 22, 2021 | California

This month, the California Health Care Foundation (CHCF) published a research report titled “Using Data for Good: Toward More Equitable Home and Community-Based Services in Medi-Cal.” The report focuses on Medi-Cal Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) and Medi-Cal-funded long-term care, and intends to support state policymakers and stakeholders in ensuring...[ Read More ]

Aetna CEO says covering all CalAIM community supports will be challenging but worth it

| Dec 17, 2021 | California

The DHCS “strongly encouraged” managed care plans to elect to offer some or all of the 14 pre-approved community supports under CalAIM, formerly known as In Lieu of Services. Aetna Better Health of California has announced they will be covering all of them.     The community supports will be...[ Read More ]