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Dispatch from Seattle v4: On working to acceptance of the "new normal"

DJ Wilson | Mar 24, 2020 | Alaska, California, Federal, Hawaii, Oregon

California requests federal government waiver to cover Medi-Cal recipients and expand tele-health options

| Mar 18, 2020 | California

Governor Gavin Newsom [on Tuesday] announced that the state has asked federal officials to make it easier for California to quickly and effectively provide care to about 13 million Medi-Cal beneficiaries as California works to protect the public from COVID-19 “To get Californians the care they need during this crisis,...[ Read More ]

Dispatch from Seattle v2: On closing schools

DJ Wilson | Mar 17, 2020 | Alaska, California, Federal, Hawaii, Oregon

One of the first impactful things to happen in response to the COVID virus is the closing of schools. It's impacting families, school districts and the transmission of the disease itself. Here in Seattle, America's epicenter of the disease, there have been some notable lessons learned about school closures over...[ Read More ]

What They're Watching: Chet Uma, Aetna Better Health of California

Emily Boerger | Mar 17, 2020 | California

Chet Uma is the Chief Executive Officer at Aetna Better Health of California. Uma joins us in this edition of “What They’re Watching” to discuss navigating regulations and California’s vision for Medicaid managed care.     “With the increased regulations in California managed care, we have two regulators: DMHC for...[ Read More ]

Bay Area jurisdictions issue shelter in place order

Emily Boerger | Mar 16, 2020 | California

The public health officers of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara counties, along with the City of Berkeley, announced a legal order directing residents to "shelter in place" for three weeks beginning Tuesday.     The order limits activity and travel outside of residents’ homes...[ Read More ]

County behavioral health directors prepare for COVID-19 impact

| Mar 16, 2020 | California

As California ramps up its response to the COVID-19 virus, county behavioral health departments are responding to ensure mental health and substance use disorder services remain available to the clients they serve and to share the best available information on how Californians can care for their mental health as they...[ Read More ]

UC Health launches in-house coronavirus tests

Emily Boerger | Mar 12, 2020 | California

In an effort to increase California’s testing capacity, the University of California’s five academic medical centers are launching their own in-house COVID-19 test kits to be used in hospitals and clinics.     In a legislative briefing on Wednesday, Dr. Carrie Byington, Executive Vice President of UC Health, provided an...[ Read More ]

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