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Newsom vetoes bill that would reimburse street medicine workers

| Oct 18, 2021 | California

Sen. Sydney Kamlager’s Assembly Bill 369 was one of the several bills vetoed by Gov. Gavin Newsom at the conclusion of his 2021 legislation signings. The bill would have allowed for persons experiencing homelessness to be deemed eligible for Medi-Cal benefits.     In his veto statement, Newsom said that...[ Read More ]

Eggman will continue to advocate for rare disease community despite Newsom’s veto of Rare Disease Advisory Council bill

| Oct 18, 2021 | California

During his final legislation signings of the year, Gov. Gavin Newsom made the decision last week to veto Sen. Susan Eggman (D - Stockton)’s widely-supported Senate Bill 247.     The bill would have established a Rare Disease Advisory Council within the California Health and Human Services Agency, which would...[ Read More ]

CalOptima’s text campaigns to boost vaccination rates in Medi-Cal communities prove effective

| Oct 15, 2021 | California

CalOptima is one of the Medi-Cal plans in the state to receive special authorization from the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) to send text messages to members. As a result, CalOptima is using text campaigns to boost COVID-19 vaccination rates among communities on Medi-Cal.     DCHS data has...[ Read More ]

Covered California for Small Business Announces a Weighted Average Rate Change of 4 Percent for 2022

| Oct 15, 2021 | California

Covered California for Small Business unveiled the health plan choices and rates for small-business employers and their employees for the upcoming 2022 plan year. The statewide weighted average rate change is 4 percent, which represents the second-lowest annual increase in the program’s seven-year history. The rate change is lower than...[ Read More ]

Following veto of patient steering bill, California pharmacists express disappointment

| Oct 14, 2021 | California

Among the numerous bills vetoed by Gov. Gavin Newsom in his final decisions on 2021 legislation signings on Saturday, Senate Bill 524, authored by Sen. Nancy Skinner, was one of them. The “Choose Your Own Pharmacist” bill would have helped ensure that patients can use the pharmacy they prefer by...[ Read More ]

Topical Agenda for the 2021 Southern California State of Reform Health Policy Conference is now available!

Kaylor Erickson | Oct 6, 2021 | California

The Topical Agenda for our 2021 Southern California State of Reform Health Policy Conference on December 2nd is now live! State of Reform pulls together practitioners, thought leaders, and policy makers - each working to improve our health care system in their own way - into a unified conversation in...[ Read More ]

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