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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 …

Physicians’ groups call for immediate halt to recent policy limiting use of anesthesia during cataract surgery A policy change made by health insurer Anthem, Inc. could result in increased risk for many patients – up to and including blindness – if not immediately rescinded, according to physicians’ groups. The California …

On January 17, CMA launched a new coalition of more than 100,000 California physicians, dentists, nurse practitioners, community clinics and pharmacists to protect the gains California has made under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and improve California’s health care system. The Coalition to Protect Access to Care will actively oppose efforts in Washington, D.C., …

Governor Brown released his state budget proposal for the 2018-2019 fiscal year. General Fund revenues are up $5.9 billion as compared to the 2017 Budget Act.  Because of a “healthy, one-time surplus” the Administration proposes to fund several key priorities including: A $3.5B supplemental deposit to fully fund the state’s …

Effective January 1, 2018, a number of State Disability Insurance (SDI) program changes took effect, including an increase in the wage replacement rate and an elimination of the seven-day non-payable waiting period. The changes apply to both disability claims and Paid Family Leave (PFL) claims. Patients can use the Employment Development …

The United States continues to struggle with an epidemic of firearm violence. Physicians are in a unique position to assess risk, provide education and change behaviors related to gun violence, and they may also address this issue more broadly as a consumer safety and public health issue. The California Medical …

By Janus L. Norman, CMA Senior Vice President “Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it.” -Muhammad Ali In modern California politics, there is no …