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Nearly half of California’s immigrant population impacted by food insecurity, according to policy brief

| May 24, 2022 | California

Exclusionary policies in California are exacerbating poverty and food insecurity for the state’s immigrant communities, including the undocumented, according to a recent policy brief authored by Nourish California and published by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. The brief presents findings from data from the 2017-2020 California Health Interview...[ Read More ]

Newsom’s May Revised budget proposal further promotes health care affordability and equity

| May 18, 2022 | California

Gov. Gavin Newsom’s long-awaited May Revision of his proposed budget for FY 22-23 was released on Friday, proposing a total of $227.6 billion ($67.4 billion General Fund (GF)) for all health and human services programs. This is a $10 billion increase from Newsom’s January proposal.     The image below...[ Read More ]

Potential Roe overturn places increased importance on California’s 13-bill reproductive health package, state leaders say

| May 17, 2022 | California

With the prospect of the US Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade, California leaders have been vocal about their determination to maintain the state’s status as a safe haven for individuals seeking abortion and other reproductive health care.     The California Legislative Women’s Caucus released a 13-bill package in...[ Read More ]

CHCF reports say more incentives and regulation needed to encourage participation in statewide data sharing agreement

| May 13, 2022 | California

Assembly Bill 133, signed into law in July 2021, requires the California Health and Human Services Agency (CalHHS) to develop a data exchange framework that includes a single statewide data sharing agreement that would begin in June 2024. However, a new series of reports published by the California Health Care...[ Read More ]

Bill to reform delivery of specialty medicines placed on suspense file, awaits further fiscal analysis

| May 12, 2022 | California

Senate Bill 958, also known as the Medication and Patient Safety Act of 2022, was placed on the Senate Suspense File earlier this month at its Senate Appropriations Committee hearing.     The bill, sponsored by Sens. Monique Limon (D–Santa Barbara) and Anthony Portantino (D–La Canada Flintridge), would restrict health...[ Read More ]

California bill requiring fentanyl inclusion in routine urine drug screening advances to second chamber

| May 10, 2022 | California

Senate Bill 864, also known as Tyler’s Law, sponsored by Sen. Melissa Melendez (R–Lake Elsinore), unanimously passed its third reading on the Senate Floor on Monday.     The bill requires a general acute care hospital to include testing for fentanyl in a urine drug screening if the hospital conducts...[ Read More ]