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California gets over $19 million in federal support for maternal, child health initiatives

| Sep 17, 2021 | California

California will receive nearly $19.3 million in federal funding for improving maternal and child health outcomes, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced on Friday. The financial support is part of a $350 million HHS initiative aimed at strengthening the outcomes of maternal and child health across...[ Read More ]

Restricting patient steering and pharmacy quotas: CPhA on legislative successes

| Sep 16, 2021 | California

The California Legislature recently passed two of California pharmacists’ highest priority bills. Senate Bill 524 prohibits health plans from requiring patients to get their medications or services from certain pharmacies -- a practice known as “patient steering.” SB 362 prevents community pharmacies from enforcing quotas on their pharmacists. The two...[ Read More ]

New report: significant equity gaps exist in Medi-Cal mental health services

| Sep 16, 2021 | California

Today the California Pan-Ethnic Health Network released a new report, “Medi-Cal Managed Care Mental Health Services: An Unfulfilled Promise for Communities of Color,” highlighting the numerous barriers and challenges Black, Indigenous, people of color and non-English speaking people face in accessing Medi-Cal mental health services from their health plan. The...[ Read More ]

Over 150 organizations joining the 2021 Los Angeles State of Reform Health Policy Conference

Matt Beuschlein | Sep 16, 2021 | California

With a week to go until the 2021 Los Angeles State of Reform Health Policy Conference, we wanted to share the list of over 150 organizations that will be attending our event. It's an impressive list and one that we're honored to host and convene on September 23rd! We are...[ Read More ]

California could soon require health plans to cover enrollees' dependent parents

| Sep 14, 2021 | California

Pending final approval from Gov. Gavin Newsom, California is positioned to require private, state-regulated health plans to offer health insurance coverage to eligible dependent adults. AB 570, or the “Parent Healthcare Act,” authored by Asm. Miguel Santiago and sponsored by the California Department of Insurance (CDI), will require health plans...[ Read More ]

Governor Newsom announces California Health and Human Services Agency Appointments

| Sep 10, 2021 | California

Governor Gavin Newsom today announced the appointment of California Health and Human Services Agency (CHHS) Undersecretary Michelle Baass as Director of the California Department of Health Care Services, filling the role held by outgoing Director William Lightbourne since June 2020. CHHS Deputy Secretary of Program and Fiscal Affairs Marko Mijic has been appointed to...[ Read More ]

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