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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) is pleased to announce that Governor Gavin Newsom will be one of our keynote speakers at the 45th annual CMA Legislative Advocacy Day on April 24, 2019, in Sacramento. This unique event is free of charge to all CMA members. Plan to join more than 400 …

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) applauded the enactment of H.R. 6 – a sweeping bipartisan bill that addresses nearly every component of the national opioid epidemic. The legislation would improve access to preventive services, opioid use disorder treatment programs, medication-assisted treatment (MAT) and non-opioid therapies, including mental health services. It …

Article was originally published on CMADocs.org Not long ago, health insurance companies limited access to insurance and quality health care for millions of Californians, using notorious practices like post-claim underwriting to deny patients care the moment they got sick. Frighteningly, a new bill introduced in Sacramento would drag us back to …

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, …

California’s out-of-network billing and payment law (AB 72) took effect on July 1, 2017, changing the billing practices of non-participating physicians providing covered, non-emergent care at in-network facilities including hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers and laboratories. The law requires plans and insurers to reimburse physicians at the greater of either the …