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Governor Signs into Law Several Budget Trailer Bills

This week, during a statewide tour, Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law a series of budget trailer bills on several notable topics. These budget trailer bills provide the key funding and implementation details associated with investments included in the state’s FY 2021-22 Budget Act. Below, we highlight several of the actions from this week: Homelessness…

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CDPH Reports COVID-19 Vaccination Progress in Hard-to-Reach Communities, Continues to Promote Vaccines

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) continues to promote COVID-19 vaccinations statewide amid increases in cases and hospitalizations, as well as increasing presence of COVID-19 virus variants. CDPH continues to focus on vaccinating the remaining population and maintaining vaccine accessibility through data-driven approaches that prioritize communities disproportionately impacted by the pandemic. Communication and outreach…

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Blue Shield Transitions Out of TPA Role for COVID-19 Vaccines

This week, the State of California and Blue Shield of California announced a joint agreement for Blue Shield of California to transition out of its role as the state’s third-party administrator (TPA) for COVID-19 vaccine allocation and distribution activities. Recall, the Newsom Administration in January 2021 announced the selection of Blue Shield of California as…

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GAO Issues Report on Federal Government’s COVID-19 Response

On Monday, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), the federal government’s watchdog agency, issued a nearly 500-page report on the federal government’s ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The GAO report outlines a series of recommendations intended to bring an end to the pandemic and strengthen national preparedness for future health emergencies. The report emphasizes…

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States Reach $26 Billion National Opioid Settlement Agreement with Drug Makers

A bipartisan coalition of state attorneys general this week announced it has reached a national agreement for a $26 billion settlement with prescription drug manufacturers and distributors for their role in the opioid epidemic. The tentative agreement with the four companies, Johnson & Johnson, AmerisourceBergen, Cardinal Health, and McKesson, would establish the framework for significant…

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DHCS Makes Available CalAIM Webinar Materials

The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) last month convened a webinar for providers and interested stakeholders to learn about the forthcoming policy changes associated with Medi-Cal Managed Care and the state’s sweeping California Advancing and Innovating Medi-Cal (CalAIM) Initiative. The webinar provided background on Medi-Cal, CalAIM components, Enhanced Care Management (ECM) and In…

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HHS Reminds States Public Charge Rule No Longer in Effect

This week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), issued an informational bulletin to states’ Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) agencies reaffirming that the 2019 Public Charge Rule “Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds” is no longer in effect. CMS directs states…

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New Data Report Indicates 264,000 Medi-Cal Beneficiaries Have Been Screened for ACEs

Between January 1, 2020, and September 30, 2020, the state’s ACEs Aware initiative reported new data details on the number of adverse childhood experience (ACE) screenings conducted by health care providers statewide. According to the released data, more than 17,100 providers have completed the training and are ACEs Aware-certified, including about 9,700 Medi-Cal Providers in…

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