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DHCS draws in "historic" federal matching funds to restructure HCBS spending

| Jun 8, 2021 | California

The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) released its spending plan for state home and community-based services (HCBS) on Thursday, making “historic” investments in community health and home-based care.  Using the American Rescue Plan Act’s (ARPA) increased Federal Matching Assistance Percentages (FMAP) for certain HCBS, DHCS plans to bring...[ Read More ]

5 Things California: Med-Cal draft RFP, Convening Panel, Pharmacy deserts

| Jun 3, 2021 | California

Every bright summer day seems like one more day we are closer to having the pandemic behind us. Yet, I'm getting this feeling that the post-COVID economy is going to be too fast and too furious for my liking. The WSJ says "The economic recovery is here. It's unlike anything you've...[ Read More ]

CA Legislature’s budget rebuilds decimated local public health infrastructure

| Jun 2, 2021 | California

Members of the “California Can’t Wait” coalition of local public health officials, county governments, frontline health workers, and community advocates today applauded California Legislature’s FY 21-22 budget plan which adopts the coalition’s proposed $200M annual investment to rebuild local public health workforce and infrastructure.     “California legislators have taken...[ Read More ]

CBHN's Rhonda Smith talks about what they are doing to address health disparities in Black communities

| Jun 1, 2021 | California

The past year and a half have shined a light on the systemic inequities that exist in the U.S. health care system. But for Rhonda Smith, executive director of the California Black Health Network, this is the beginning of what she hopes will be a shift in how the health...[ Read More ]

DHCS releases draft RFP for Medi-Cal managed care procurement

Emily Boerger | Jun 1, 2021 | California

The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) on Tuesday released its draft RFP for the state’s Medi-Cal Managed Care Plans reprocurement. The department is hosting a public webinar on June 10 to present the draft, and feedback on its content is due by July 1, 2021. Also due at...[ Read More ]

UCLA analysis reveals need to break down COVID-19 data for ethnic subgroups

| May 27, 2021 | California

According to a new UCLA report, COVID-19 case rates and death rates for Californians from Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander and Asian ethnic groups varied widely in 2020. But those variations were not readily apparent to the public because federal and state reports generally present COVID-19 data for all of those groups as...[ Read More ]

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