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New DHCS behavioral health assessment identifies disparities, stakeholders give recommendations to improve services

| Jan 20, 2022 | California

On Jan. 10, the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS), in collaboration with its stakeholders, published an updated statewide behavioral health assessment for 2022, titled “Assessing the Continuum of Care for Behavioral Health Services in California.”      The assessment presents an analysis of data gathered from surveys and...[ Read More ]

Assembly Health Committee passes bills on Rx prices, substance abuse treatment, and nursing facilities

| Jan 19, 2022 | California

On Jan. 11, the California Assembly Health Committee had their first meeting of the 2022 session and discussed a number of bills, many of which moved out of the health committee and into Appropriations.     Below are some highlights from the committee’s discussion on some of this legislation.  Assembly...[ Read More ]

Newsom’s budget prioritizes CalAIM and behavioral health, organizations have mixed responses

| Jan 19, 2022 | California

On Jan. 10, Gov. Gavin Newsom released his proposed budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2022-2023,  proposing a total of $217.5 billion for all health and human services programs. This includes $93.5 billion in general funds, 52.4% of which is allocated to the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) to support...[ Read More ]

What They're Watching: Kristof Stremikis, California Health Care Foundation

| Jan 18, 2022 | California

For Kristof Stremikis, director of market analysis and insight at California Health Care Foundation (CHCF), lowering the cost of health care is top-of-mind heading into 2022. The increasing costs of health services, he said, are causing many Californians to defer their care—which is likely to have damaging impacts on the...[ Read More ]

What They’re Saying: Health, State and Local Leaders Praise Governor’s $2.7 Billion COVID-19 Emergency Response Package

| Jan 13, 2022 | California

Health advocates, state and local officials and other California leaders are expressing their support for Governor Gavin Newsom’s proposed $2.7 billion COVID-19 Emergency Response Package – including a $1.4 billion emergency appropriation request – to bolster testing capacity, accelerate vaccination and booster efforts, support frontline workers, strengthen the health care system and...[ Read More ]

5 Things California: Q&A w/ Asm. Nazarian, Medi-Cal Rx, NorCal registration

| Jan 6, 2022 | California

CMS approved California's 1115 waiver late last month, officially allowing the state to pursue its CalAIM program to reform Medi-Cal. Medi-Cal Rx is one of the initiatives that went live on Jan. 1, and below we feature input from several pharmacists in the state about their experience so far using the new fee-for-service...[ Read More ]