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New Medi-Cal benefit will address longstanding reimbursement inconsistency for community health workers, expert says

| Sep 16, 2022 | California

The addition of community health workers (CHW) and promotore services as a Medi-Cal benefit is just one part of California’s larger efforts to make these services more accessible across the state, according to Carlina Hansen, Senior Program Officer of Improving Access at the California Health Care Foundation.     Gov....[ Read More ]

Q&A: Newly-appointed Surgeon General Diana Ramos, MD, discusses youth behavioral health, reproductive health, and health equity

| Sep 14, 2022 | California

Diana Ramos, MD, was appointed as California’s second-ever Surgeon General by Gov. Gavin Newsom in August. Ramos has served as Public Health Administrator at the California Department of Public Health’s (CDPH) Center for Healthy Communities since 2021, and was a Public Health Medical Officer at CDPH from 2017 to 2021....[ Read More ]

150 organizations coming to the 2022 Los Angeles State of Reform Health Policy Conference

Matt Beuschlein | Sep 13, 2022 | California

With the 2022 Los Angeles State of Reform Health Policy Conference coming up next week, we wanted to share the list of 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 22nd! We are looking forward...[ Read More ]

Bill requiring health plans to cover biomarker testing moves to Newsom’s desk

| Sep 12, 2022 | California

A bill improving access to biomarker testing was enrolled and sent to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s desk on Sept. 6th.     Senate Bill 912, sponsored by Sen. Monique Limon (D - Santa Barbara), requires health plans to provide coverage for biomarker testing for the diagnosis, treatment, management, or ongoing monitoring...[ Read More ]

Bill specifying criteria for health plans’ evaluation of utilization management denial appeals moves to Newsom's desk

| Sep 8, 2022 | California

A bill to ensure that a patient or physician’s appeal of a step therapy or prior authorization denial is reviewed by a specified clinical peer was enrolled and sent to Gov. Gavin Newsom's desk on Aug. 31st.      Assembly Bill 1880, sponsored by Asm. Joaquin Arambula (D - Fresno),...[ Read More ]

5 Things California: Kids' mental health, '5 Slides' recap, CHCF care transition insight

| Sep 8, 2022 | California

We're getting closer by the day to our 2022 Los Angeles State of Reform Health Policy Conference on Sept. 22nd! In addition to information about the event's Detailed Agenda, this newsletter features analysis of Gov. Newsom's Master Plan for Kids' Mental Health, a summary of our recent "5 Slides" event on CalAIM...[ Read More ]