Category: Reports


LAO Issues Analysis of FY 2019-20 State Medi-Cal Budget

On Wednesday, the Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) released its analysis of Governor Gavin Newsom’s FY 2019-20 budget proposal related to Medi-Cal. The governor’s budget estimates the Medi-Cal budget at $20.7 billion General Fund ($98.5 billion total funds) in 2018-19, which is a significant $2.3 billion General Fund downward adjustment relative to the 2018-19 Budget Act….

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CDC Vital Signs Finds Increases in Youth Tobacco Use

This month’s edition of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Vital Signs publication details increasing tobacco use among youth, largely due to use of electronic cigarettes. The report determines that more than one in four high school students and about one in 14 middle school students in 2018 had used a tobacco…

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TFAH Releases 2019 State-by-State Emergency Preparedness Report

This week, the Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) released its report “Ready or Not: Protecting the Public’s Health from Diseases, Disasters, and Bioterrorism,” which provides an annual snapshot of states’ public health and emergency response preparedness. This report, authored by TFAH since 2003, has documented significant progress in the nation’s level of emergency readiness, public…

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LAO Publishes Analysis of Governor’s Individual Health Insurance Market Affordability Proposals

On Thursday, the California Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) released an analysis of Governor Gavin Newsom’s FY 2019-20 budget proposals related to individual health insurance market affordability. Citing ongoing legislative and public interest and concern related to healthcare costs, access, and affordability of individual market coverage, the LAO explores two key policy proposals by the Newsom…

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Covered California Releases Report on Affordability and Coverage Options

Covered California late last week released an extensive report entitled, “Options to Improve Affordability in California’s Individual Health Insurance Mandate,” which details policy options to lawmakers on ways to enhance the Affordable Care Act (ACA), lower costs for consumers, and improve coverage options. The report was prepared with the input of leading economists and stakeholders…

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California Future Health Workforce Commission Issues Final Report

The California Future Health Workforce Commission this week released its final report, detailing a series of recommendations to create and sustain the health workforce needed to meet current and future demands throughout the state. The Commission assesses the current state of California’s health workforce, finding a looming crisis in which provider shortages, workforce mismatches, and…

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ONDCP Publishes National Drug Control Strategy

This week, the Office of National Drug Control Policy released its National Drug Control Strategy, detailing the Trump Administration’s priorities for addressing drug use through education and evidence-based prevention, providing treatment to individuals with substance use disorders, and reducing the access to and availability of illicit drugs throughout the United States. The Strategy details the…

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LAO, Legislative Budget Committees Release Overviews of Governor’s Proposed Budget

The California Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) on Monday released its overview of Governor Gavin Newsom’s FY 2019-20 Budget Proposal. The LAO report assesses the state’s current budget position, discusses the Governor Newsom’s budget priorities and spending proposals, and areas for consideration as the Legislature begins its budget deliberations. As part of the assessment of the…

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HHS Releases National Health Security Strategy

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) recently released the National Health Security Strategy (NHSS) for 2019-2022. The strategy provides a vision to strengthen the country’s ability to prevent, detect, assess, prepare for, mitigate, respond to, and recover from various disasters and emergencies. The…

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