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Legislature Passes Own Version of Budget, Negotiations with Newsom Continue

On Monday, the California State Senate and Assembly passed AB 128 (Ting),representing the Legislature’s joint $267.1 billion budget package which includes significant investments in public health and health care, individual financial supports, education, and aging, and more. Legislators faced a June 15 constitutionally required deadline to pass a state budget for the upcoming fiscal year…

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Legislature Continues with Policy Committee Hearings, CHEAC Measure Advances

Legislature Continues with Policy Committee Hearings, CHEAC Measure Advances This week, the California State Senate and Assembly continued with policy committee hearings, reviewing, amending, and advancing measures from the opposite house. The next several weeks are anticipated to be quite busy as the Legislature works through numerous policy committee hearings ahead of its scheduled month-long…

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California Retires Blueprint for a Safer Economy

On Tuesday, the State of California retired the majority of its COVID-19 restrictions, including the Blueprint for a Safer Economy, more fully reopening the state’s economy and ending a series of pandemic requirements such as masking for vaccinated individuals, physical distancing, and capacity restrictions in virtually all settings. With the retirement of most restrictions, only…

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State Unveils Digital COVID-19 Vaccine Verification Tool

Today, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the California Department of Technology (CDT) announced the launch of a new digital COVID-19 vaccine verification tool, offering state residents who received a COVID-19 vaccination to conveniently access their vaccine record from the state’s immunization registry systems. California’s Digital COVID-19 Vaccine Record, available on myvaccinerecord.cdph.ca.gov, follows…

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Cal/OSHA Adopts New COVID-19 ETS, Newsom Expedites Regulations

On Thursday, the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board (OSHSB) adopted revisions to the state’s COVID-19 prevention emergency temporary standards (ETS) that govern most workplaces throughout the state. OSHSB’s updates to the ETS follow several weeks of back-and-forth actions by the regulatory board as a result of…

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In Third Legal Ruling, U.S. Supreme Court Upholds ACA

For the third time on Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), leaving in place the landmark law’s broad provisions on health care access and coverage originally enacted by Congress in 2010. The case, California v. Texas, was initiated by a coalition of 18 states and two individuals,…

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Biden-Harris Administration to Invest $3 Billion in COVID-19 Antiviral Strategies

This week, the Biden-Harris Administration announced it is investing more than $3 billion in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to accelerate the discovery, development, and manufacturing of antiviral medicines to develop the next generation of COVID-19 treatments. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), including the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and…

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HHS Announces Efforts to Strengthen Public Health Informatics and Technology Workforce

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) this week announced the establishment of an $80 million Public Health Informatics & Technology Workforce Development Program (PHIT Workforce Program) to strengthen U.S. public health informatics and data science. The initiative will work closely with colleges…

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Newsom Declares Emergency Amid Heat Wave

In light of an extreme heat wave impacting many areas of the state, Governor Gavin Newsom on Friday issued an emergency proclamation to free up energy capacity and resources. The proclamation suspends certain permitting requirements, allows the use of back-up power generation, and frees up additional energy resources to help alleviate heat-induced demands on the…

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