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Topical Agenda for the 2021 Los Angeles State of Reform Health Policy Conference is now available!

Kaylor Erickson | Jul 26, 2021 | California

The Topical Agenda for our 2021 Los Angeles State of Reform Health Policy Conference on September 23rd is now available! Our agenda is built with input from stakeholders across all silos in California health care. We'll be exploring policy and politics in health care, measuring the costs of market consolidation,...[ Read More ]

OEHHA to accept public comments on drinking water decontamination initiative

| Jul 23, 2021 | California

After announcing an ambitious, first-in-the-state plan to address the state’s contaminated drinking water, the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) will accept public input on the effort from July 30 to Sept. 28 of 2021. Implementation of the initiative is expected to take several years. The plan aims...[ Read More ]

5 Things California: Asm. Arambula, Rx in legislature, CalAIM renewal

| Jul 22, 2021 | California

This edition of "5 Things We're Watching" features an update on DHCS's CalAIM renewal application, a conversation with Medi-Cal expansion advocate Asm. Arambula, and an intriguing report from Manifest MedEx revealing a significant drop in preventive care visits during the pandemic. Please feel free to email me with any tips or suggestions for...[ Read More ]

California's effort to eliminate deductibles on prescription drugs for individuals with chronic conditions is a "tremendous idea," says expert

| Jul 21, 2021 | California

Senator Richard Pan’s bill to eliminate deductibles on prescription drugs for individuals with chronic diseases was held by the Assembly Health Committee in early June. Despite its stagnation in the legislature, Dr. Shane Desselle, Professor of Pharmacy at Touro University, says the bill is a “tremendous idea” because it can...[ Read More ]

Q&A: Asm. Joaquin Arambula is continuing to push for Medi-Cal expansion

| Jul 19, 2021 | California

Assemblymember Joaquin Arambula, MD, is one of the most proactive health policymakers in the California Legislature. A former emergency room doctor, his experience in the medical field inspired him to become a lawmaker to address the issues he observed in state health care. He was first elected to the Assembly...[ Read More ]

California bill to mandate PPE reimbursement for providers stalls in second chamber

| Jul 15, 2021 | California

Senator Josh Newman’s bill to make personal protective equipment (PPE) more accessible to health care workers was left pending “for future consideration” by California Assembly Health Committee Chair Jim Wood after its hearing on Thursday. Newman is sponsoring SB 242 in response to challenges faced by small and medium providers...[ Read More ]

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