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News stories in this section spotlight activities in California, including actions by the state Assembly and state Senate; proposed legislation; regulators like the Department of Managed Health Care and Department of Insurance; and the state ACA exchange, Covered California.

Employers Not Responsible For COVID Spread To Workers’ Families

Employers in California are not legally responsible for preventing the spread of COVID-19 from their employees to the employees’ family members, the California Supreme Court ruled Thursday. Workers’ compensation laws in the state do not preclude such claims, the court found. But companies also cannot be held legally responsible for preventing such infections, it said, ...

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Sacramento Court: Privacy Agency Must Wait to Enforce Rules

In response to a lawsuit filed by the California Chamber of Commerce, the Sacramento Superior Court has ruled that the California Privacy Protection Agency (CPPA) must delay enforcement of any individual regulation for a one-year period following the date it goes into effect. In a ruling issued by Judge James P. Arguelles today, the court ...

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Why Single-Payer Advocates Are Split On How To Overhaul Health Care

For many Californians, the proposal of a state-run single-payer health system remains a ‘pie-in-the-sky’ idea, and odds are it could remain that way, especially if leading advocates can’t agree on how to get there. Democratic leaders and advocates who are looking to transform the current complex health care system are divided on their approach. On one ...

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Billions In New Medi-Cal Funding For Physician Reimbursements Could Increase Access To Care

A budget deal between the governor and the state legislature will expand Medi-Cal reimbursement rates starting next year. Medi-Cal is the state’s health care program covering low-income Californians. Just over a million San Diego County residents rely on Medi-Cal for health care. Advocates hope the move will give recipients more options and better access to ...

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California Strikes Huge Deal Unlocking Billions For Health Care

Major players in California’s health care field have reached a deal on how they want the state to spend $19 billion in proceeds of a renewed tax on insurance plans plus the federal funds that go with it — a development that followed months of private negotiations between bitter industry rivals, state lawmakers and the governor’s office.

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Takeaways From The California Budget Deal Between Newsom And Democratic Lawmakers

Gov. Gavin Newsom and Democratic legislative leaders on Monday agreed to a $310.8-billion budget spending plan that will reduce investments in fighting climate change and reflects a compromise on the governor’s last-minute proposal to speed up infrastructure projects across California. The 2023-24 budget deal, which lawmakers will vote on in a series of bills this ...

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Help Clients Get Reimbursed For COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave

Your small business clients may be eligible to apply for reimbursement of costs incurred in connection with the California COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave program. Qualifying employers are eligible for $5,000 to $50,000. Funds awarded can be used solely to reimburse California employers that offered COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave between January 1, 2022, through ...

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Bill To Finance A State-Run Healthcare System Advances To Assembly Health Committee

SB 770, a bill advancing Single Payer in California passed off the Senate Floor last week and is now heading to the Assembly Health Committee.

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It’s Getting Harder To See A Dentist. Here’s How State Lawmakers Can Help.

A recent news report quoted a New Jersey Dental Association spokesman who warned, “Your routine dental treatment could be delayed for weeks or months because of our dental workforce shortages.” The mass exodus of dental hygienists and dental assistants began during the COVID-19 pandemic, leaving dentists short-staffed, overworked, and having to perform services usually accomplished by dental ...

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Hospitals And Counties Balk At Proposed Bill To Pay Healthcare Workers $25/Hr

Ultrasound technologist Georgette Bradford considers herself blessed. After 19 years with Kaiser Permanente, she’s not struggling to get by, or considering leaving the field for a more lucrative role at a less risky workplace. She says that sets her apart from many of her coworkers at Kaiser, and fellow members of the SEIU California union. ...

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