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The California Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA) has proposed new regulations that would allow paramedics to triage and transport patients to locations other than a general acute care hospital with an emergency department. The California Medical Association (CMA) has submitted comments raising concerns with the proposed regulations. Patients call for emergency services with …

This article was originally published on the CMA website The California Medical Association (CMA) praised Governor Gavin Newsom’s revised state budget for the 2019-20 fiscal year for dedicating additional resources to bolster the state’s Medi-Cal program and expand access to care for low-income residents. Newsom’s budget includes additional investments from …

On March 25, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed HR 1839 “Medicaid Services Investment and Accountability Act.” The bill—sponsored by California physician Congressman Raul Ruiz, M.D. (D-Palm Springs/Coachella Valley)—would extend several expiring Medicaid programs, create a new Medicaid option for states to establish coordinated care health homes for children with …

The California Medical Association (CMA) provided support to California Attorney General Xavier Becerra’s motion in federal court to block a new Trump Administration rule that would restrict access to critical health care for women and limit access to birth control. The Trump Administration rule also prohibits doctors from providing accurate information for …

After intense lobbying from the California Medical Association (CMA), Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill on Monday that will end the confusion caused by flawed implementation of the state’s new prescription pad law. AB 149 will delay implementation of the new law until January 1, 2021, ensuring that patients will …

The Trump administration issued a final rule last week that bars qualified family planning providers that provide abortions or abortion referrals from participating in the $286 million federal family planning program. The California Medical Association (CMA) believes this rule will interfere with the physician-patient relationship, undermine established medical access and …

The California Medical Association (CMA) – which proudly represents over 44,000 physicians across all modes of practice and specialty – has joined the California Dental Association, health stakeholders and legislators in support of a bill package aimed at reducing consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages. The legislation targets soda, energy drinks, sweet …

The California Medical Association (CMA) has filed formal comments objecting to a proposed federal rule that would change the way consumers are billed for health insurance exchange plans that cover abortion services. The proposed Exchange Program Integrity rule would require plans to send two separate monthly bills to each policyholder: one bill for the …

Flawed implementation of a new state law that requires all security prescription forms to have a uniquely serialized number law has left pharmacies unable to fill prescriptions and patients being refused necessary medications. The California Medical Association (CMA) is currently working on a legislative fix to address this issue immediately to ensure …

Gov. Gavin Newsom released his first state budget proposal on Thursday, including a number of new goals and programs aimed at making health care more affordable and accessible to all Californians. The governor is following through on a key campaign promise by investing more than $1 billion in Proposition 56 …