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Los Angeles Board of Education approves vaccine mandate for students

| Sep 9, 2021 | California

The Los Angeles Unified Board of Education voted unanimously on Thursday to require all of its students to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 -- making it one of the first school districts in the country to do so.  The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), the second largest school district...[ Read More ]

California hospitals support statewide vaccine mandate for health care workers

| Aug 6, 2021 | California

Following Gov. Gavin Newsom’s announcement that all California health care workers will need to be vaccinated by Sept. 30, the California Hospital Association (CHA) released a statement in support of the mandate on behalf of state hospitals.     Carmela Coyle, president and CEO of CHA, said: “Governor Newsom’s call...[ Read More ]

Expanded Medi-Cal coverage, statewide HIE framework: Newsom signs omnibus health bill

| Jul 27, 2021 | California

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed AB 133 on Tuesday, an omnibus health trailer bill sponsored by Asm. Joaquin Arambula that dedicates ample funding to health care reform. Among the bill’s provisions are expanding Medi-Cal coverage, support for youth behavioral health, and framework for a statewide health information exchange (HIE).    ...[ Read More ]

California implements first-in-the-nation measures to encourage state employees and health care workers to get vaccinated

| Jul 26, 2021 | California

Today, the State of California is taking decisive action to combat the spread of COVID-19 and protect vulnerable communities – implementing a first-in-the-nation standard to require all state workers and workers in health care and high-risk congregate settings to either show proof of full vaccination or be tested at least...[ Read More ]

A look at California's "incredible" investments in homelessness

| Jul 6, 2021 | California

Along with the historic $12 billion homelessness package included in the FY 2021-2022 budget, California lawmakers this year are pushing multiple pieces of legislation to further the state’s efforts to reduce its nation-leading homeless population. 22% of the US homeless population currently resides in California. Of this $12 billion in...[ Read More ]

Future of public health funding on the table in California's budget negotiations

| Jun 14, 2021 | California

As part of the California Legislature’s ongoing budget negotiations, lawmakers are working to develop a long-term funding plan for the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) as one-time federal public health funding diminishes. Lawmakers have until Tuesday at midnight to pass their version of the budget -- which may feature...[ Read More ]