Category: Announcements


Newsom Issues Executive Order Authorizing Public Health Officials to Join Safe at Home Confidential Address Program

This week, Governor Gavin Newsom issued Executive Order N-80-20 taking action on a series of items related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Notably, the order allows local health officers and other public health officials to participate in the Secretary of State’s Safe at Home Confidential Address Program. The order acknowledges the numerous threats and other harassment…

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CCS Title V Needs Assessment Final Report Now Available

The Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) has made available the 2018-2020 California Children’s Services (CCS) Title V Needs Assessment Final Report. Title V of the Social Security Act provides for programs to improve the health of all mothers and children, including children with special health care needs. As a condition of the Title V…

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DHCS Solicits HCBA Waiver Stakeholder Workgroup

This week, the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) announced it is seeking stakeholder participation in a series of technical workgroups that will be convened to obtain input regarding the renewal of the Home and Community-Based Alternatives (HCBA) Waiver. The HCBA Waiver provides long-term, community-based services and supports to Medi-Cal-eligible beneficiaries in the community of…

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Newsom Administration Announces Series of Climate Change-Related Initiatives

This week, the Newsom Administration marked Climate Week 2020 by announcing a series of new climate change-related initiatives. Below, we summarize some of the most notable actions: Zero Emissions Vehicles by 2035 Among the actions, Governor Gavin Newsom issued Executive Order N-79-20 requiring the sales of all new passenger vehicles to be zero-emissions by 2035…

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Trump Signs Executive Order on Pre-Existing Conditions, Surprise Billing

This week, President Donald Trump signed an executive order declaring it a policy of the federal government to ensure that Americans with pre-existing conditions can obtain health insurance of their choice at affordable rates. The order directs specified federal agencies to “build upon existing actions to expand access to and options for affordable healthcare” and…

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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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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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