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Assembly, Senate Budget Committees Convene Overview Hearings

This week, the Assembly Budget Committee and the Senate Budget & Fiscal Review Committee each convened overview hearings to examine the Governor’s 2020-21 proposed budget. The full committee hearings held on Tuesday and Wednesday this week marked the first hearing events of the months-long budget process that will occur through June as budget subcommittees are…

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Fiscal Committees Act on Two Year Bills

This week, fiscal committees in both houses acted on a few remaining two-year bills still moving through the legislative process. Today is the deadline for bills introduced in 2019 to be heard and reported to the floor. Two-year bills that were advanced to the floor of their house of origin must be acted upon by…

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Emergency QR Code Cannabis Regulations Released

The California Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC) released emergency cannabis regulations yesterday making it mandatory for cannabis businesses to post their unique Quick Response Code (QR code) certificate in their storefront windows and carry it with them when making cannabis deliveries. BCC argues the regulations are necessary to help consumers with identifying licensed cannabis retailers,…

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UCLA Issues Interim WPC Evaluation, Finds Progress in Improving Care for Californians

This week, the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research published its draft interim report of the Whole Person Care (WPC) Program, finding significant progress in establishing crucial data systems and core infrastructure needed to coordinate services for WPC clients. This infrastructure includes processes to support effective care coordination among county and community-based providers, development of…

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Governor Newsom Appoints State Medicaid Director

Today, Governor Newsom announced Jacey Cooper’s appointment as State Medicaid Director and Chief Deputy Director of Health Care Programs at the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS). Since 2016, Ms. Cooper served as Assistant Deputy Director of Health Care Delivery Systems at DHCS since 2016. She also served Vice President at Meridian Healthcare Partners and…

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Homelessness Task Force Issues Interim Recommendations to Governor Newsom

On Monday, Governor Gavin Newsom’s Council of Regional Homeless Advisors, led by Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg and Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, revealed their recommendations for reducing street homelessness, breaking down barriers keeping individuals experiencing homelessness from accessing mental health and substance use services, and findings ways to reduce the cost and boost the…

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Legislature Gets to Work

This week the Legislature convened a myriad of policy committees in each house to consider bills introduced last year (two-year bills). The deadline to pass all two-year bills is January 31st. While most policy committees met this week, their agendas were relatively short. The Senate Education Committee heard SB 673, authored by Senator Mike Morrell,…

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CDPH Releases 2020-21 Budget Highlights Document

On Thursday, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) released their highlights of the Governor’s 2020-21 January Budget, which includes greater detail on budget implications for programs within the department. CHEAC prepared a brief memo highlighting items of interest to local health departments; the memo is available here.

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