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5 Things California: Vetoed bills, So-Cal Topical Agenda, Q&A w/ Linnea Koopmans

| Oct 21, 2021 | California

This edition of "5 Things We're Watching" features stakeholder thoughts on Newsom's vetoes of well-supported bills, a conversation on CalAIM with Local Health Plans of California CEO Linnea Koopmans, and a look at how CalOptima is leveraging text messaging to get more Medi-Cal members vaccinated. Thanks for reading, and if you...[ Read More ]

California Health Care Foundation and others discuss the value of community health workers and promotores in Medi-Cal

| Oct 21, 2021 | California

The California Health Care Foundation (CHCF) hosted a webinar last week in which they discussed their newly released online resource center for managed care plans looking to integrate community health workers and promotores into their programs. This resource center was created as part of CHFC’s “Advancing California’s Community Health Worker...[ Read More ]

Q&A: LHPC CEO Linnea Koopmans on preparing for CalAIM implementation

| Oct 18, 2021 | California

Linnea Koopmans recently took the reins as CEO of Local Health Plans of California, which represents the state’s 16 locally-based, non-profit health plans providing Medi-Cal services. Around 70% of California’s Medi-Cal population gets coverage through LHPC’s member plans. Formerly the senior policy analyst for the County Behavioral Health Directors Association,...[ Read More ]

Newsom vetoes bill that would reimburse street medicine workers

| Oct 18, 2021 | California

Sen. Sydney Kamlager’s Assembly Bill 369 was one of the several bills vetoed by Gov. Gavin Newsom at the conclusion of his 2021 legislation signings. The bill would have allowed for persons experiencing homelessness to be deemed eligible for Medi-Cal benefits.     In his veto statement, Newsom said that...[ Read More ]

Eggman will continue to advocate for rare disease community despite Newsom’s veto of Rare Disease Advisory Council bill

| Oct 18, 2021 | California

During his final legislation signings of the year, Gov. Gavin Newsom made the decision last week to veto Sen. Susan Eggman (D - Stockton)’s widely-supported Senate Bill 247.     The bill would have established a Rare Disease Advisory Council within the California Health and Human Services Agency, which would...[ Read More ]

CalOptima’s text campaigns to boost vaccination rates in Medi-Cal communities prove effective

| Oct 15, 2021 | California

CalOptima is one of the Medi-Cal plans in the state to receive special authorization from the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) to send text messages to members. As a result, CalOptima is using text campaigns to boost COVID-19 vaccination rates among communities on Medi-Cal.     DCHS data has...[ Read More ]

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