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California’s Gov. Newsom releases 2023-2024 budget with Medi-Cal as priority, but advocates say it’s not enough

| Jan 12, 2023 | California

Gov. Gavin Newsom announced California’s $297 billion 2023-2024 budget proposal on January 10th, which is a notably lower amount than California’s budget for the 2022-2023 fiscal year of $308 billion due to budget cuts Newsom made to make up for the state’s deficit.  The budget includes a $230.5 billion investment...[ Read More ]

Congress may approve significant health care legislation during its lame-duck session

| Oct 27, 2022 | Federal

Official Washington is focused for now on the midterm election, but, when the dust settles on those races, attention quickly will turn to the pressing matters teed up for Congress’s lame-duck session. While an emerging wish list of potential bills, with champions located both inside and outside of Congress, includes...[ Read More ]

Ducey approves grant program to increase nurse workforce

| Jul 8, 2022 | Arizona

Last week, Gov. Doug Ducey signed a bill that establishes several health care workforce grant programs with the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) and the Department of Health Services (ADHS), including the Arizona Nurse Education Investment Pilot Program (Nurse Program).     The bill’s proponents have claimed that...[ Read More ]

5 Things California: Health bill update, Undocumented Medi-Cal coverage, Solutions for the unhoused

| Jul 7, 2022 | California

Gov. Newsom signed the finalized $308 billion FY 22-23 state budget last week, officially allocating funding to increase access to abortion services, establish an Office of Health Care Affordability, expand Medi-Cal coverage to all undocumented Californians, and more. We cover a couple of the budget's provisions below, along with recent bill movement in the...[ Read More ]

5 Things Michigan: Key health bills, Implicit bias training, Health items in the budget

| Jul 7, 2022 | Michigan

This month's edition of "5 Things We're Watching" includes coverage of notable bills in the legislature, newly instituted implicit bias training for health care workers, and some key items from Michigan's FY 23 budget, which is currently awaiting Gov. Whitmer's signature. Please don't hesitate to reach out to us with feedback, story...[ Read More ]

Michigan's recently passed FY 2023 health budget focuses on behavioral health, workforce, and infrastructure

| Jul 6, 2022 | Michigan

The Michigan FY 2023 $69 billion budget omnibus bill—House Bill 5783—adopted the negotiated Conference Committee Budget and was passed by the House and Senate on Friday, July 1st. It’s awaiting Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s signature to be finalized. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) items in the budget...[ Read More ]