This edition features information from a recent survey of youth behavioral health, as well as recommendations from the state for how to improve the provision of such services. We also include coverage of some of the bills that have been filed for consideration this session. While some of these might not end up being considered when … Read more

In this week’s newsletter, we feature information on the upcoming CalAIM Recovery Incentive program for combatting stimulant use, recommendations for implementing the recently passed legislation to allow NPs to practice without physician supervision, and the Legislative Analyst’s Office’s predictions about Medi-Cal spending over the next few years. Thanks for reading! Eli Kirshbaum State of Reform   … Read more

The implementation of Assembly Bill 890 has the potential to improve critical workforce shortages and expand access to care in the state, says a new issue brief from the California Health Care Foundation (CHCF).     AB 890, passed in September 2020 and scheduled to take effect in 2023, will allow nurse practitioners (NPs) who … Read more

The addition of community health workers (CHW) and promotore services as a Medi-Cal benefit is just one part of California’s larger efforts to make these services more accessible across the state, according to Carlina Hansen, Senior Program Officer of Improving Access at the California Health Care Foundation.     Gov. Gavin Newsom allocated $16.3 million … Read more

We’re getting closer by the day to our 2022 Los Angeles State of Reform Health Policy Conference on Sept. 22nd! In addition to information about the event’s Detailed Agenda, this newsletter features analysis of Gov. Newsom’s Master Plan for Kids’ Mental Health, a summary of our recent “5 Slides” event on CalAIM implementation, and recommendations from CHCF … Read more

We’ve got some important updates in this week’s newsletter, including several on-the-move bills and an overview of health funding in Gov. Newsom’s May Revise budget proposal. We also have coverage of the steps California is taking to protect abortion rights in the wake of a likely Roe v. Wade overturn, and new CHCF data showing the … Read more

Happy March! This newsletter includes an update on health legislation we’re monitoring, the Legislative Analyst’s Office’s input on Gov. Newsom’s budget proposals, and Blue Shield’s efforts to reduce maternal and infant health disparities. Thank you for reading! Eli Kirshbaum State of Reform         1. Policy movement in the legislature Sen. Richard Pan—along with members … Read more

There’s a lot happening in the California health policy space right now—reprocurement, the news of the state granting Kaiser a no-bid Medi-Cal contract, waning public health mandates—all while the legislative session continues. This week’s newsletter features a conversation with Sen. Wiener on his policy priorities, a look at some of the health bills making their way … Read more

Health plans are currently gearing up for Medi-Cal managed care reprocurement, which is now slated to open Feb. 9 after DHCS pushed the date back a week. You can view the RFP schedule here. Keep reading for highlights from CHCF’s recent statewide health policy survey, an op-ed from Manifest Medex’s Mimi Hall about health data, and … Read more

For Kristof Stremikis, director of market analysis and insight at California Health Care Foundation (CHCF), lowering the cost of health care is top-of-mind heading into 2022. The increasing costs of health services, he said, are causing many Californians to defer their care—which is likely to have damaging impacts on the health care system down the … Read more