Category: Announcements


CDPH Reports COVID-19 Vaccination Progress in Hard-to-Reach Communities, Continues to Promote Vaccines

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) continues to promote COVID-19 vaccinations statewide amid increases in cases and hospitalizations, as well as increasing presence of COVID-19 virus variants. CDPH continues to focus on vaccinating the remaining population and maintaining vaccine accessibility through data-driven approaches that prioritize communities disproportionately impacted by the pandemic. Communication and outreach…

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Blue Shield Transitions Out of TPA Role for COVID-19 Vaccines

This week, the State of California and Blue Shield of California announced a joint agreement for Blue Shield of California to transition out of its role as the state’s third-party administrator (TPA) for COVID-19 vaccine allocation and distribution activities. Recall, the Newsom Administration in January 2021 announced the selection of Blue Shield of California as…

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States Reach $26 Billion National Opioid Settlement Agreement with Drug Makers

A bipartisan coalition of state attorneys general this week announced it has reached a national agreement for a $26 billion settlement with prescription drug manufacturers and distributors for their role in the opioid epidemic. The tentative agreement with the four companies, Johnson & Johnson, AmerisourceBergen, Cardinal Health, and McKesson, would establish the framework for significant…

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DHCS Makes Available CalAIM Webinar Materials

The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) last month convened a webinar for providers and interested stakeholders to learn about the forthcoming policy changes associated with Medi-Cal Managed Care and the state’s sweeping California Advancing and Innovating Medi-Cal (CalAIM) Initiative. The webinar provided background on Medi-Cal, CalAIM components, Enhanced Care Management (ECM) and In…

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CDPH Issues Updated K-12 Schools Guidance for the 2021-22 School Year

Following last week’s issuance of updated K-12 schools guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) on Monday released the state’s schools guidance for the 2021-22 school year. The CDPH guidance aligns California school policy with the CDC’s guidance, and CDPH has acknowledged the priority…

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U.S. Surgeon General Issues Advisory on Confronting Health Misinformation

This week, U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy issued the Biden-Harris Administration’s first health advisory, warning the American public about the urgent threat of health misinformation. As indicated by the U.S. Health and Human Services, health misinformation and disinformation have threated the U.S. response to the COVID-19 pandemic and continue to prevent Americans from receiving a…

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Governor Calls on State to Voluntarily Conserve Water, Expands Drought Emergency to Additional Counties

Governor Gavin Newsom, speaking from San Luis Obispo County on Thursday, announced his Administration has added nine counties to the regional drought state of emergency and called on state residents to voluntarily reduce their water use by 15 percent compared to 2020 levels. Recall, Governor Newsom earlier this spring issued a regional drought emergency for…

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CDC Issues Updated K-12 Schools Guidance, CDPH Anticipated to Issue California’s Early Next Week

Today, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued updated guidance for COVID-19 prevention in K-12 schools nationwide. The long-anticipated guidance will inform education planning activities ahead of this coming fall, and the CDC’s updated guidance prioritizes returning students to in-person instruction. Under the updated guidance, the CDC encourages a multi-layer strategy for…

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