Category: Legislative Updates


Health Committees Convene Joint Hearing on Opioid Crisis

The Senate and Assembly Health Committees convened a joint hearing on Wednesday entitled “Increasing Access to Treatment and Services in Response to the Opioid Crisis.” The hearing featured various panels highlighting the Drug Medi-Cal Organized Delivery System (DMC-ODS) pilots, the California Hub & Spoke System (CA H&SS), and other programmatic efforts underway in California to…

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Senate Health Committee Holds Informational Hearing on Public Health Infrastructure and Capacity

On Wednesday, the Senate Health Committee convened an informational hearing on the public health infrastructure and capacity. The hearing, chaired by Senator Richard Pan, focused primarily on governmental public health and provided a rare three-hour platform for the state and local health departments to discuss their range of responsibilities and the challenges with addressing key…

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California Legislature Meets Bill Introduction Deadline, Assembly Announces Select Committees Chairs

Today is the final day for the California Legislature to introduce bills for the 2019 Legislative Session. Over 1,800 bills have been introduced this year, covering an expansive range of topics and subject areas. The Senate and Assembly Desks remain open today and are expected to continue processing bill introductions into the weekend. The CHEAC…

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Joint Assembly and Senate Hearing Considers Options for Funding Health Insurance Affordability Assistance

On Monday, a joint Assembly Health, Assembly Budget Subcommittee #1, Senate Health, and Senate Budget Subcommittee #3 hearing, chaired respectively by Assembly Member Wood, Assembly Member Arambula, and Senator Pan, convened to explore health insurance affordability challenges in the individual market. Dr. Wood, in his opening remarks, commented on the great success California has had…

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Senate Health and Education Committees Hold Hearing on Proposition 64 – Youth Education, Prevention, Early Intervention & Treatment Account

As CHEAC has outlined in a previous memo, the Youth Education, Prevention and Treatment Account is a subaccount contained within Proposition 64 (Adult Use of Marijuana Act) that provides funding for youth education programs focusing on accurate information, prevention, early intervention, school retention and timely treatment services. Funding for this purpose is directed to the…

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Assembly Holds Joint Informational Hearing on Homelessness in California

On Wednesday, the Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee and the Human Services Committee held a joint informational hearing on homelessness in California and federal, state, and local responses to the issue. The hearing featured panelists from the National Alliance to End Homelessness, the California Department of Housing and Community Development (CDHCD), and the California…

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Legislature Returns on Monday, Committee Assignments Announced

The California Legislature will convene in Sacramento on Monday, January 7 to begin its official business of the 2019 Legislative Session. A very busy week ahead is expected with the swearing-in of Governor-Elect Gavin Newsom on Monday, the release of the governor’s proposed budget on Thursday, and new bill introductions by members of the Legislature…

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