Category: Legislative Updates


LAO Releases Cost Analysis of Single-Payer Health Care Proposal

This week, the Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) made public its fiscal analysis on AB 1400 by Assembly Member Ash Kalra. Recall, the measure would have created a single-payer health care delivery system known as “CalCare.” A companion measure, ACA 11, would establish a financing mechanism for CalCare by imposing a excise tax, payroll tax, and…

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CHEAC Legislative Committee Identifies Additional Bills of Interest

Today, the CHEAC Legislative Committee convened for its second virtual daylong bill review meeting to assess legislative measures of interest to CHEAC Members and California local health departments. The Legislative Committee reviewed over 90 new bills introduced in the second year of the 2021-22 Legislative Session. As policy and fiscal committees continue to set measures…

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CHEAC Legislative Committee Reviews First Set of New Bills

The CHEAC Legislative Committee today convened its first daylong bill review meeting to assess the first batch of new legislative bills introduced in the second year of the 2021-22 Legislative Session. The Legislative Committee reviewed nearly 30 measures of potential interest to California local health departments and public health services in the state. The CHEAC…

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CHEAC Hosts State Legislative Member Education Days, Legislature Nears Bill Introduction Deadline

This week, CHEAC held its State Legislative Member Education Days in a virtual format with numerous California State Senators and Assembly Members. 17 jurisdictions participated in this year’s annual event, meeting with 24 legislator offices to urge support of the California Can’t Wait Coalition Public Health Equity and Readiness Opportunity (HERO) Initiative. CHEAC extends our…

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Radhakrishna’s Appointment Advances to Full Senate

On Wednesday, the Senate Rules Committee convened to consider the appointment of Dr. Rohan Radhakrishna as Deputy Director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Office of Health Equity (OHE). Dr. Radhakrishna presented to the committee, discussing his background in a local health department and safety net clinic, as well as his goals and…

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Legislature Convenes Joint Hearing on Extreme Heat Emergency

The California Joint Legislative Committee on Emergency Management on Thursday convened an informational hearing to assess the state’s extreme heat emergency. Senator Henry Stern, chair of the joint committee, opened the hearing by highlighting concerning trends in extreme heat and wildfires in the state of California, largely exacerbated by impacts of climate change. Assembly Member…

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