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

California Healthline: State Officials Get Earful About ‘Temporary’ Medi-Cal Provider Moratorium from 1999

by David Gorn On Wednesday, legislators directed the Department of Health Care Services to revisit its policy to regularly extend a moratorium on certain fee-for-service Medi-Cal providers that dates back to 1999. At yesterday’s Senate Committee on Health hearing, DHCS officials said the moratorium policy has worked well and they’re loathe to abandon it. “We … Continue reading

California Healthline: Home Care Overtime Decision Leaves $200 Million Question Mark in State Budget

by David Gorn Last week’s decision by the state to drop a plan to pay home health workers overtime wages has left a gap in the governor’s budget proposal. U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon ruled on Wednesday last week that only Congress has the authority to award extra pay to home care workers. The … Continue reading

CDCAN: STATE HALTS IMPLEMENTATION OF OVERTIME FOR IHSS WORKERS IN CALIFORNIA DUE TO FEDERAL DISTRICT COURT RULINGS

SACRAMENTO, CA [CDCAN LAST UPDATED 01/15/2015 – 04:50 PM] –  The Department of Social Services, the state agency that oversees statewide the In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) program that serves over 450,000 children and adults with disabilities, mental health needs, the blind and seniors, announced today that it is halting implementation of overtime, travel and wait … Continue reading

NSCLC: Advocacy Steps for Consumers and Advocates Regarding the Home Care Rule: Update on Requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Olmstead

From our colleagues at NSCLC: Effective January 1, 2015, the Department of Labor’s new Home Care Rule, depending on how it is implemented, could result in unintended consequences such as cuts to services, dismantling of programs that allow consumers to control their own care, and loss of income for home health care workers. Disability and … 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: 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

CDCAN: IHSS OVERTIME STAKEHOLDER MEETINGS BY DEPT OF SOCIAL SERVICES SET FOR JULY 28, 29 & AUG 11TH

SACRAMENTO, CA (CDCAN LAST UPDATED 07/23/2014 – 06:37 AM) – The Department of Social Services, the state agency that oversees statewide the In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) program that serves over 460,000 children and adults with disabilities, mental health needs, the blind and seniors, is convening three public stakeholder meetings at the Department of Social Services … 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

n4a: Getting to a 2014 Older Americans Act Reauthorization

From our colleagues at n4a:  Getting to a 2014 Older Americans Act Reauthorization Reach out to Your Representatives and Senators during Next Week’s Recess!   June 27, 2014   Lawmakers in both the House and Senate will be in their districts and states from June 30 to July 7. This is the perfect opportunity to … Continue reading

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