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Policy Committees Continue Hearings

Several bills were considered in policy committees this week as the next several weeks will be packed with hearings in an effort to meet the July policy committee deadlines. We highlight several bills of interest to CHEAC Members below. The full bill chart is available here. Health Coverage SB 323 (Mitchell) as amended on 4/25/17…

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Legislature Works through Remaining Budget Trailer Bills

Despite the bulk of 2017-18 budget trailer bills being passed by the Legislature last week to meet the June 15 Constitutional deadline, both houses resumed work on remaining trailer bills upon Monday’s return to Sacramento. The week began with the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee convening a hearing on bills that did not meet…

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Legislature Adopts 2017-18 Budget Package

The Legislature worked tirelessly this week to pass the 2017-18 budget package by the June 15 Constitutional deadline. The week began with both houses convening full budget committee hearings on the trailer bills, with the Assembly taking an information-only approach and the Senate taking up a vote. The hearings allowed members of the budget subcommittees…

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Busy Weeks Ahead for Policy Committees

This week was largely dominated by budget discussions in the Legislature, though several policy committees did convene to hear a short list of bills. Rules Committees in both houses have now assigned most bills to policy committees, producing several busy weeks of hearings ahead. Below, we highlight a few bills of interest to CHEAC Members….

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Second Round of Whole Person Care Pilots Gains CMS Approval

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently approved a second round of Whole Person Care (WPC) Pilot Projects, expanding efforts to provide comprehensive health care to medically-complex patients. CMS approved 15 applications in this round, eight of which built upon previously-approved pilots and seven of which were new pilots. The WPC is intended…

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Budget Conference Committee Adjourns

Last night, the Budget Conference Committee adjourned shortly after 11:00 pm, concluding their work to reconcile the Senate and Assembly versions of the 2017-18 Budget. The Legislature reached agreements to: Adopt the Governor’s revenue estimates with the exception of using the LAO’s property tax estimates; Increase funding for after-school programs; Restore adult dental and optical…

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Policy Committees Resume Hearings

After last week’s legislative deadline for bills to be passed out of their house of origin, policy committees in both houses met to resume hearings. Many bills are still awaiting policy committee assignments, and the next several weeks are shaping up to be quite busy as we move toward the next legislative deadline in July….

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CDC Launches Diabetes State Burden Toolkit

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a new Diabetes State Burden Toolkit with state-specific data. The toolkit breaks the burden of diabetes down into three categories: health burden, economic burden, and mortality. Based on 2013 data, for example, the toolkit shows a cost of $19,410 per person aged 19-64 with diabetes in…

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