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California requests federal government waiver to cover Medi-Cal recipients and expand tele-health options

| Mar 18, 2020 | California

Governor Gavin Newsom [on Tuesday] announced that the state has asked federal officials to make it easier for California to quickly and effectively provide care to about 13 million Medi-Cal beneficiaries as California works to protect the public from COVID-19 “To get Californians the care they need during this crisis,...[ Read More ]

California public health experts: Mass gatherings should be postponed or canceled statewide to slow the spread of COVID-19

| Mar 11, 2020 | California

Governor Gavin Newsom announced that California public health officials this evening issued an updated policy on gatherings to protect public health and slow the spread of COVID-19. The state’s public health experts have determined that gatherings should be postponed or canceled across the state until at least the end of...[ Read More ]

Governor Gavin Newsom signs legislation banning “pay for delay” to fight runaway prescription drug costs

| Oct 8, 2019 | California

Building on the state’s first-in-the-nation investments in the California budget and the Governor’s executive actions to lower prescription drug costs, Governor Gavin Newsom [Monday] signed into law three bills to lower the cost of prescription drugs and increase access to care for California families. These bills will block pharmaceutical companies...[ Read More ]

Governor Gavin Newsom signs executive order to confront youth vaping epidemic

| Sep 16, 2019 | California

Governor Gavin Newsom signed today an executive order to confront the growing youth epidemic and health risks linked to vaping. The executive order directs the Department of Public Health (CDPH) to launch a $20 million statewide digital and social media public awareness campaign to educate youth, young adults and parents...[ Read More ]

Governor Newsom Announces Appointments

| Jul 24, 2019 | California

SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom today announced the following appointments: Kelly Pfeifer, 52, of San Francisco, has been appointed deputy director of mental health and substance use disorder services at the California Department of Health Care Services. Pfeifer has been director of high-value care at the California Health Care Foundation since 2014. She was chief...[ Read More ]