California Healthline: Lawmaker Calls for ‘Substantive Change in Culture’ at State Health Department

Assembly member Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) yesterday called for increased transparency and accountability in the Department of Health Care Services. He has introduced three bills designed to open up dialogue between DHCS and stakeholders. DHCS officials have voiced opposition to those efforts, and took the unusual step last month to write an official letter of opposition to one of those bills.

That resistance is the kind of thing Pan said he has continually run up against in his dealings with DHCS. He chaired a hearing Tuesday examining a two-year-long attempt to get DHCS officials to explain why their policy on blood tests for allergy and asthma patients was different from national guidelines. In those two years of discussion, Pan said, he has never received a real answer, only “stonewalling.”

“I think it does speak to a culture over there at DHCS,” Pan said.

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