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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 …

Article Originally Appeared on The Sacramento Bee The California Nurses Association claims a recent legislative package is a piecemeal approach to universal access to health care in California. (“Piecemeal bills will not fix California’s health care system,” Viewpoints, March 27). This could not be further from the truth. Care4AllCA – a …

A sweeping package of legislation was introduced in the California Legislature last week that sets a clear and realistic path forward to achieve universal access and improve affordability to health care in California. Sponsored by SEIU CA, Health Access and NextGen America, key components of the legislative package will help …

The California Medical Association (CMA) is sponsoring a bill (SB 1303) that would require counties with populations of 500,000 or more residents to replace the office of the coroner with an office of the medical examiner. Current law allows non-medically trained individuals to conduct autopsies, and SB 1303 would require …