Legislature Reaches Bill Introduction Deadline, CHEAC Issues First Bill Chart of 2021


Legislature Reaches Bill Introduction Deadline, CHEAC Issues First Bill Chart of 2021

Legislative activities in Sacramento continue to ramp up following last Friday’s deadline for lawmakers to introduce legislative bills in their respective houses. The Assembly introduced nearly 1,600 bills and the Senate introduced over 800 bills that will be considered by the Legislature over the coming months. In other related news, Governor Gavin Newsom on Tuesday…

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Legislative and Budget Hearings Cover Telehealth, COVID-19 Impacts, and Homelessness

This week, the California State Assembly and Senate held a number of hearings spanning a wide array of subject areas, including COVID-19, homelessness, telehealth, and proposed budget investments. Below, we provide a high-level overview of hearings held this week: Assembly Examines Telehealth Policy in California Post-Pandemic The Assembly Health Committee on Tuesday convened an informational…

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VRBPAC Recommends EUA for Johnson & Johnson Single-Dose COVID-19 Vaccine

Today, the Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) met to review and discuss the emergency use authorization (EUA) request from Janssen Biotech, Inc. for its Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, ultimately recommending on a unanimous vote that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issue an EUA for the single-dose vaccine. The Johnson…

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DOF Notifies Legislature of DREOA Extension to Support COVID-19 Response

This week, the Department of Finance (DOF) notified legislative budget leaders of the Newsom Administration’s intent to extend use of the state’s Disaster Response-Emergency Operations Account (DREOA) for COVID-19-related emergency operations costs for an additional 120 days. In a memo to the legislature, the DOF highlights the Newsom Administration’s ongoing response efforts to the pandemic,…

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State Issues Additional Information on TPA Framework, Identifies County Onboarding Waves

Today, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued additional information on the statewide vaccine network to be operated by third-party administrator (TPA) Blue Shield of California. The announcement details the forthcoming changes that will occur as the TPA framework is gradually implemented over the month of March. According to the state, it remains on…

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Newsom Administration Releases Details on Vaccines for Education Personnel

On Thursday, the Newsom Administration issued its plan to execute on the Governor’s recent commitment to provide 10 percent of the state’s COVID-19 vaccine supply to education personnel beginning Monday, March 1. The Administration plans to provide education personnel access to COVID-19 vaccines through existing county-led initiatives, dedicated access to MyTurn, and state-FEMA partnerships. As…

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CDPH Issues Health Alert on COVID-19 Virus Variants, Posts Weekly Data

On Thursday, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued a Health Alert regarding the increasing identification of COVID-19 virus variants in California, in the U.S., and internationally. CDPH’s alert details the current virus variants of concern, consisting of the B.1.1.7, B.1.351, and P.1 variants, as well as current variants of interest, consisting of the…

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CHHS Announces VBL Received Licensing Report, Vows Improvements

The California Health and Human Services (CHHS) Agency this week released an announcement regarding the recent findings of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Laboratory Field Services (LFS) Division revealing a number of significant deficiencies at the Valencia Branch Laboratory (VBL). CDPH, during an initial routine inspection of the laboratory, identified a series of…

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Newsom, Legislative Leaders Strike Agreement on Pandemic Relief Efforts

This week, Governor Gavin Newsom, Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins, and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon announced an agreement on a package of immediate actions to provide relief to residents, families, and businesses experiencing hardship during the COVID-19 pandemic. The agreement reflects a compromise on initiatives proposed in the Governor’s January Budget to provide cash…

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