California Healthline: Big Day for Health Care Bill Passage

by David Gorn Floor sessions on Tuesday in the state Senate and Assembly were fast-paced affairs. The deadline to pass bills out of their house of origin is June 5 so the legislation queue on Tuesday was pretty long and resulted in a rapid-fire pace. The Senate passed a high-profile measure to expand coverage to some … Continue reading

Sacramento Bee: Bills, oaths and receptions mark California Legislature’s first day

BY LAUREL ROSENHALL AND JEREMY B. WHITE Assemblywoman Young Kim, R-Fullerton, is sworn in Monday at the state Capitol. HECTOR AMEZCUA With a room full of freshly sworn-in state legislators looking back at her, Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, offered a few hints on Monday of how this incoming legislative class will differ from … Continue reading

California Healthline: Governor’s Vetoes: Medi-Cal Message?

by David Gorn On Monday, Gov. Jerry Brown (D) vetoed 37 bills in one day — including about a dozen health-related ones. He also vetoed 36 bills the next day.   Those Sept. 29-30 vetoes came during the final two days Brown could take action on last session’s bills. The string of vetoes left many people … Continue reading

CDCAN: GOVERNOR TAKES ACTION ON SEVERAL HEALTH RELATED BILLS

GOVERNOR TAKES ACTION ON SEVERAL REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY AFFORDABLE HOUSING BILLS; MEDI-CAL AND HEALTH BILLS; MENTAL HEALTH AND EDUCATION BILLS – VETOES AB 1552 THAT WOULD HAVE MADE COMMUNITY-BASED ADULT SERVICES MEDI-CAL BENEFIT   SACRAMENTO, CA [CDCAN LAST UPDATED 09/30/2014 – 02:45 AM] – Governor Brown took action on dozens of more bills on Monday (September … Continue reading

California Healthline: Governor Agrees To Take $6M California Endowment Grant, Signs Many Health Bills

by David Gorn Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed a flurry of health-related bills at the end of last week including a bill to reverse the state’s position on accepting a grant to help with Medi-Cal enrollment renewals. More than eight million Californians are up for renewal in the Medi-Cal program (California’s version of Medicaid). New … Continue reading

California Healthline: Flurry of Bills Approved as Session Ends

by David Gorn California’s Legislature last week approved a laundry list of legislation at the end of its session — including a number of health-related laws. Paid Sick Leave Bill One bill would ensure three days of paid sick leave a year for Californians — but that measure excluded the roughly 400,000 home health workers … Continue reading

California Healthline: California Lawmakers Expected To Consider Three Health Care Bills

On Thursday, the California Legislature is expected to consider three health care-related measures that aim to increase fines against assisted living facilities, limit the state’s seizure of Medi-Cal beneficiaries’ assets and impose stricter rules over medical marijuana prescribing. Medi-Cal is California’s Medicaid program. Details of Assisted Living Facility Bill One bill (AB 2236) being considered … Continue reading

Huffington Post: Why Not the Older Americans Act?

Robert B. Blancato The American public’s cynicism about Washington can diminish when bipartisanship prevails and bills become law. The most recent example of this was the signing into law of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act by President Obama yesterday, July 22. There are earlier examples including the reauthorizations of the Violence Against Women Act … Continue reading

California Healthline: Two Health Care Measures Make Ballot Deadline for November, Two Others Held

by David Gorn California Secretary of State Debra Bowen last week announced six initiatives have qualified for the November ballot — two of them health-related. The deadline for ballot qualification was June 26. Proponents of two other health-related measures had hoped to make the November 2014 election, but the Secretary of State’s office is holding them … Continue reading

California Healthline: Bill Sidesteps Governor, Accepts Grant

by David Gorn If you can’t beat ’em, legislate ’em. Bucking one provision from the governor in the recently adopted budget, a new bill co-authored by Sen. Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina) and Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) will be presented in the Assembly Committee on Health today. SB 18 would accept a $6 million grant from the California … Continue reading

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