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Mayor Garcetti forms ‘L.A. Protects’ to spur new production of urgently-needed supplies in fight against COVID-19

| Mar 27, 2020 | California

Mayor Eric Garcetti has announced the formation of “L.A. Protects,” a new partnership to organize the city’s fashion and garment industry to make protective gear and other medical supplies for frontline workers. “The number-one mission right now is saving lives,” said Mayor Garcetti. “Our manufacturing sector is unmatched anywhere, and...[ Read More ]

Federal health officials approve changes to speed California's efforts against COVID-19

| Mar 24, 2020 | California

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on Monday approved rule changes sought under an 1135 waiver request that will enable the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) to more effectively and efficiently deliver care to Californians covered by Medi-Cal during the COVID-19 emergency.     The changes...[ Read More ]

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

DJ Wilson | Mar 24, 2020 | Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Federal, New Mexico, Texas, Utah

Dealing with the COVID crisis definitely has a process. It's not unlike the five stages of grief, to be honest. Unless you're in NYC, if you're outside of Seattle, we're still about 2-4 weeks ahead of you. So, you may not have worked through these stages yet. Or, you may...[ Read More ]

5 Things California: COVID-19 update, 1135 waiver, Chet Uma

| Mar 19, 2020 | California

America now has 11,234 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 85% of which came in the last seven days. Organizations like JP Morgan predict a 2% economic contraction in Q1 and a 3% contraction in Q2, miring us already in a recession. These are precarious times. So, do your best to add a little love and empathy...[ Read More ]

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, Arizona, Colorado, Federal, Texas, Utah

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 ]

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