Initiative Paperwork Filed to Limit Government Authority During Public Health Crises


Initiative Paperwork Filed to Limit Government Authority During Public Health Crises

This week, paperwork was filed with the California Attorney General’s Office for an initiative statute to limit the government’s role to an advisory capacity during any health crisis. According to the initiative, government would be allowed to issue public service announcements and/or health advisories. However, governments would be prohibited from issuing any executive orders that…

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CMS Formally Withdraws Proposed Federal Rule on Medicaid Supplemental Payments

This week, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) formally withdrew its proposed federal regulation, “Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Rule” (MFAR). Recall, CMS proposed the rule last fall which would have broadly expanded federal oversight of Medicaid supplemental payments. MFAR would have additionally recast current rules and regulations governing how supplement payments are structured,…

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Newsom Administration Announces First Round of Homekey Awards

This week, the Office of Governor Gavin Newsom announced the first round of awards for Homekey, California’s $600 million program to purchase and rehabilitate housing for conversion to permanent, long-term housing for people experiencing or at risk of experiencing homelessness. The first round of awards from the Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) totaled…

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Oregon, Washington Join COVID-19 Exposure App Pilot Project

This week, the Office of California Governor Gavin Newsom announced that Oregon and Washington will participate with California in piloting a project that notifies individuals if they have been exposed to COVID-19 via a mobile application. Late last week, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the California Department of Technology (CDT) announced the…

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Newsom Signs Legislation Providing Worker Protections Against COVID-19

On Thursday, Governor Gavin Newsom signed two bills to provide protections to specified workers amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The measures signed by Newsom include SB 1159 by Senator Jerry Hill and AB 685 by Assembly Member Eloise Gómez Reyes. SB 1159 expands access to workers’ compensation by creating a rebuttable presumption for specified employees, including…

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TFAH Finds Obesity Rates Are Highest Ever Recorded

The Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) this week released its 17th annual State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America which reports on obesity rates for every state and by racial and ethnic groups, age, and gender. TFAH’s latest report utilizes data from the most recent U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)…

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Future Health Workforce Commission to Hold Webinar on Public Health Workforce

The California Future Health Workforce Commission recently announced an upcoming webinar on California’s public health workforce to be held on Friday, September 25 from 11:00 am to 12:15 pm. The webinar, Strategies for Bolstering a Robust, Equitable Public Health Workforce During COVID-19 and Beyond, will feature a discussion between public health officials and experts from…

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CHCS, CHCF to Launch Health Care and Homelessness Learning Community

The Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) and the California Health Care Foundation (CHCF) are launching the California Health Care and Homelessness Learning Community to bring together stakeholders throughout the state to: 1) learn from peers and experts around the nation about innovative approaches to improve health care for people experiencing homelessness; 2) explore key…

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Network for Public Health Law to Hold Virtual COVID-19 Summit

The Network for Public Health Law will hold its 2020 Public Health Law Virtual Summit on COVID-19 Response and Recovery on September 16 and 17, 2020. The summit will feature 20 concurrent sessions over two days covering critical COVID-19-related issues including health equity, federal, state, and local emergency measures, state preemption, protecting and managing the…

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Newsom Issues Executive Order on PerkinElmer Contract

Late last week, Governor Gavin Newsom issued Executive Order N-77-20to expedite efforts by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the Department of General Services (DGS) to establish and operate up to three sites for use as laboratories to increase the state’s COVID-19 testing capacity. Governor Newsom’s order comes on the heels of an…

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