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New UCLA report highlights how the pandemic’s economic impacts are affecting Californians’ mental health

| Nov 18, 2022 | California

A new UCLA Center for Health Policy Research report shows an increased risk of poor mental health among California adults impacted by economic challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.     According to the report, difficulty paying for housing and other basic necessities as well as trouble finding and paying for...[ Read More ]

Following lack of federal PHE-ending notification, HCPF provides updated PHE unwinding plan for Colorado

| Nov 18, 2022 | Colorado

The Department of Health Care Policy & Financing (HCPF) hosted an informational session Thursday on preparing for the end of the Public Health Emergency (PHE).      PHE is scheduled to end on Jan. 11th but since the Biden administration didn’t announce that it would officially be ending by the...[ Read More ]

New Washington lifeline now available for American Indian and Alaska Natives experiencing crisis

| Nov 18, 2022 | Washington

A new Washington lifeline that explicitly serves American Indian and Alaska Native callers is now available to help those in crisis.     The Native and Strong Lifeline, a new feature connected to the state’s 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline, went live on Nov. 10th. The Washington State Department of...[ Read More ]

Utah interim committee approves draft legislation concerning behavioral health for 2023 session

| Nov 18, 2022 | Utah

In its final hearing of the year on Wednesday, the Utah Health and Human Services Interim Committee (HHSIC) approved 2 pieces of draft legislation aimed at addressing the state’s ongoing behavioral health crisis.      The committee unanimously passed with favorable recommendations draft legislation around the state’s Behavioral Health Crisis...[ Read More ]

Michigan bills to combat opioid overdoses advance to Senate Floor

| Nov 18, 2022 | Michigan

The Michigan Senate Health Policy and Human Services Committee heard testimony on bills to help combat possible opioid overdoses last week.      Senate Bill 1170, sponsored by Sen. Curt VanderWall (R - Ludington), would amend the Administration of Opioid Antagonists Act to specify that an agency that purchased or...[ Read More ]

2 patient protection bills introduced in Michigan Senate

| Nov 18, 2022 | Michigan

On Nov. 10th, 2 Michigan senators introduced a bill that would protect access to complex rehabilitation technology for complex needs patients.      Senate Bill 1209, sponsored by Sen. Kevin Daley (R - Lum) and Jeff Irwin (D - Ann Arbor), would require the Michigan Department of Health & Human...[ Read More ]

New program will provide housing for Washingtonians with complex health needs

| Nov 17, 2022 | Washington

Staff at the Washington State Department of Commerce are preparing to roll out a program that will develop housing for residents with complex health needs.     The department created the Apple Health and Homes and Permanent Supportive Housing Unit (AHAH/PSH) following the passage of House Bill 1866 and House...[ Read More ]

Texas Democratic lawmakers prepare legislation targeting maternal health equity for 2023 session

| Nov 17, 2022 | Texas

The Texas Legislature will consider several bills that address maternal health equity in the next session.  Rep. Shawn Thierry (D - Houston), an outspoken advocate for Black maternal health, authored 3 of those bills, House Bills 465, 460, and 472.     HB 472 would establish the Office of Health...[ Read More ]

With selection of vendor, DHCS is slated to launch CalAIM Recovery Incentives Program within next 2 months

| Nov 17, 2022 | California

On Nov. 3rd, the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) announced Pear Therapeutics, Inc. will be the incentive manager vendor for the California Advancing and Innovating Medi-Cal (CalAIM) contingency management benefit, or the Recovery Incentives Program.     Through the program, eligible Medi-Cal beneficiaries struggling with stimulant use will...[ Read More ]

Hawaii’s need for healthcare professionals has grown by 76% over the past 3 years

| Nov 17, 2022 | Hawaii

A new report shows that there are almost 4,000 openings for various healthcare jobs throughout Hawaii. The report shows many openings for registered specialty nurses, CNAs, medical assistants, LPNs, and social workers.     The Healthcare Association of Hawaii (HAH) released the report on Wednesday. It states that Hawaii’s need...[ Read More ]