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You’re Invited! Provider Webinar on Public Charge Learn how proposed changes to the Public Charge rule may impact your patients Friday, December 7, 2018 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm To join the webinar: Register here: lacare.org/providerwebinar Webinar URL: http://bit.ly/lacare Webinar call-in: (800) 260-0702 Access code: 457989# Get answers to these …

In 2016, the California Medical Association (CMA) led a coalition of health care advocates to take on Big Tobacco to drastically expand funding for existing health programs and research into cures for cancer and other illnesses caused by tobacco products. Under CMA’s leadership, California voters overwhelmingly approved Proposition 56, which imposed …

On July 25, the U.S. House of Representatives passed two bills (H.R. 6199 and H.R. 6311) that would expand how health savings accounts (HSAs) and other tax-preferred accounts can be used on health care spending. HSAs, which are paired with high deductible health plans, allow people to contribute pre-tax earnings …

On June 22, the U.S. House of Representatives passed HR 6, the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment (SUPPORT) for Patients and Communities Act. It includes more than 55 opioid-related bills intended to help combat the nation’s opioid crisis by advancing treatment and recovery initiatives, improving prevention, …

Governor Jerry Brown signed a $139 billion California budget for the 2018-2019 fiscal year. The budget continues the Administration’s commitment to using the Proposition 56 tobacco tax funding to provide supplemental payments for Medi-Cal providers, with $500 million in tobacco tax funds allocated to improve provider reimbursement through supplemental payments. …

San Francisco voters recently passed Proposition E by a 68-32 percent margin to uphold the city’s law prohibiting the sale of flavored tobacco products that are regularly marketed to children and young adults in the City and County of San Francisco. The California Medical Association (CMA) strongly supported this sensible, public health …

Health care providers diagnosing or providing treatment to Parkinson’s disease patients will be required to report each case of Parkinson’s disease to the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) beginning July 1, 2018. All providers who will be required to report must first register with CDPH through the designated provider …

Last week, the California Medical Association (CMA) killed Assembly Bill 3087 (Kalra) – dangerous legislation that would have created a commission of unelected political appointees empowered to arbitrarily cap rates for all health care services in all clinics, hospitals and physician practices in California. Due in large part to staunch …

On April 26, the California Medical Association (CMA) announced that the organization opposes the proposed November ballot proposition that would impose arbitrary limits on what insurance companies reimburse dialysis clinics to provide patient treatments. By setting reimbursement rates artificially low and at a level that does not cover the actual cost of providing …

CA Physicians Oppose Radical Bill that Reduces Patient Access and Increases Out-of-Pocket Costs Untested government-mandated price caps would jeopardize historic health coverage and access gains made in California since passage of the Affordable Care Act   Assemblymember Ash Kalra (D-San Jose) announced radical new legislation that would increase patient out-of-pocket costs …