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5 Things California: Ballot measures, Legislative update, MMC procurement lawsuits

| Oct 19, 2022 | California

This newsletter features an overview of 2 upcoming ballot initiatives that have significant implications for health policy, a legislative update following the conclusion of the eventful 2021-2022 legislative session, and an overview of some health plans' litigation against DHCS following the controversial announcement of 2024 Medi-Cal Managed Care contract awardees. Thanks...[ Read More ]

Health plans continue opposition against DHCS's 2024 Medi-Cal managed care contract awards

| Oct 18, 2022 | California

Health plans, including Blue Shield of California, Health Net, and Community Health Group Partnership Plan, have filed lawsuits against the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) following the first ever statewide competitive procurement for commercial Medi-Cal managed care plans for the 2024 Medi-Cal contract awards.     Through this...[ Read More ]

What They're Watching: Mohit Ghose, Elevance Health

Eli Kirshbaum | Oct 18, 2022 | California

In this edition of our "What They're Watching" series, Mohit Ghose, State Affairs Officer at Elevance Health, says it's a "very exciting time to be in health care" due to California's recent, unprecedented policy movement. He emphasized the increasing levels of integrated care that are being realized in the state....[ Read More ]

Newsom signs bills concerning physician licenses in sexual assault cases and insurance coverage of COVID-19 therapeutics

| Oct 14, 2022 | California

Among the health legislation Gov. Newsom signed into law at the close of the 2021-2022 legislative session were 2 bills regarding physician licenses in sexual assault cases and health plan coverage of COVID-19 treatments.     Assembly Bill 1636, sponsored by Asm. Akilah Weber (D - San Diego), will authorize...[ Read More ]

Newsom signs bills regarding patient health information and e-prescriptions into law

| Oct 12, 2022 | California

Gov. Gavin Newsom wrapped up the 2021-22 legislative session by signing numerous bills into law. These newly signed bills include key health measures concerning patient health information, e-prescriptions, physician licenses, and health plan coverage of COVID-19 treatments.     Senate Bill 1419, sponsored by Sen. Josh Becker (D - Menlo...[ Read More ]

California ballot measure would put stricter regulations on kidney dialysis clinics

| Oct 10, 2022 | California

A proposal to impose more stringent regulations on kidney dialysis clinics will be placed on the November ballot this year for California voters.      Proposition 29 would task the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) with imposing requirements on each state dialysis center to have a physician, nurse practitioner,...[ Read More ]