Asm. Rebecca Bauer-Kahan (D — San Mateo), a 45-year-old chair of California’s Select Committee on Reproductive Health, expressed during a recent meeting how women are told that menopause is inevitable and that they should just deal with it. At the same time, those in perimenopause and menopause experience brain fog, hot flashes, insomnia—all during the … Read more

Last month’s CARE (Community, Assistance, Recovery, and Empowerment) Act Working Group meeting in California featured discussions about successes with the initiative’s implementation, as well as challenges and how those are being addressed. The CARE Act provides guidance for connecting individuals with a court-ordered care plan and a supporter for up to 24 months.  “We know, … Read more

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a unified healthcare financing bill, Senate Bill 770, into law on Oct. 7th. California has become the first state in the country to pass such a bill, paving the way towards greater healthcare equity and accessibility.  The bill requires the secretary of California Health and Human Services Agency (CalHHS) to consult … Read more

At the 2023 Southern California State of Reform Health Policy Conference, a handful of health leaders met to discuss the status of healthcare coverage for the justice-involved population. This year, California became the first state in the nation to offer Medicaid coverage to incarcerated individuals for up to 90 days prior to release.  Autumn Boylan, … Read more

At the 2023 Southern California State of Reform Health Policy Conference, health plan and nonprofit leaders discussed barriers to behavioral healthcare access, as well as factors that have led to positive changes, with a specific focus on children and youth in the state. Lucy Marrero, director of behavioral health and social programs at Gold Coast … Read more

At the 2023 Southern California State of Reform Health Policy Conference, healthcare industry leaders discussed the state of California’s healthcare system, including financial hardships and workforce challenges.  George Greene, president and CEO of the Hospital Association of Southern California, emphasized the importance of good infrastructure. He said if the healthcare system is not adequately set … Read more

The fate of Senate Bill 435, which would require California departments to collect and release disaggregated data for Indigenous and Latinx nations, is now up to Governor Gavin Newsom. With over 60 statewide organizations in support, and after the unanimous passing of the bill through the Assembly and Senate, the bill is awaiting Newsom’s signature. … Read more

The 2023 Southern California State of Reform Health Policy Conference closed with an informative keynote about progress being made under CalAIM. Speakers included Bihu Sandhir, MD, chief quality officer at AltaMed Health Services; Les Ybarra, president of Anthem’s California Medicaid Health Plan; and Louise McCarthy, president and CEO of the Community Clinic Association of Los … Read more

California Assembly Health Committee members unanimously passed the Behavioral Health Services Act through Senate Bill 326 during their meeting last month, despite strong opposition from meeting attendees. The bill aims to address the remaining gaps within behavioral healthcare services, and it will be up for a public vote during the March 5th statewide primary election.  … Read more

At the 2023 Southern California State of Reform Health Policy conference, leaders discussed a key issue facing both the state of California and the entire country—permanent and affordable housing.  Earlier this year, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors declared a state of emergency to accelerate resources to individuals experiencing homelessness. A primary issue contributing … Read more