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California health providers now can use cannabis for end-of-life care

After vetoing a similar bill in 2019, Gov. Gavin Newsom on Tuesday night reversed course and signed legislation that would allow the use of cannabis in health care facilities for terminally ill patients, according to his office. A statement from the governor was not immediately available. The legislation, Senate Bill 311 — Compassionate Access to Medical Cannabis Act, or Ryan’s Law — was introduced in February by Sen. Ben Hueso, D-San Diego, and has the support of a North Bay…

New California Health Interview Survey preliminary estimates show continued fatigue with following safety guidelines plus other impacts

advertisement October 14, 2021 – With over 4.8 million cases and over 70,000 deaths due to COVID-19 in California, the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research (CHPR) is continuing to track whether residents engaged in risk reduction behaviors such as wearing face coverings or maintaining physical distancing, impacts on personal and financial well-being, and their views on the vaccine. The latest update to the 2021 CHIS COVID-19 Preliminary Estimates Dashboard, which adds responses from 3,932 Californians in July 2021, builds…

Health Industry Wields Power in California’s High-Stakes Battle to Lower Health Care Costs

SACRAMENTO — Gavin Newsom put California’s health care industry on notice when he was a candidate for governor, vowing in 2018 to go after the insurance companies, doctors and hospitals that leave many Californians struggling with enormous medical bills and rising insurance premiums. He pledged to lead California’s single-payer movement, a high-stakes liberal dream that would eliminate private health insurance and slash how much providers are paid. The tough rhetoric continued after he was elected, when Newsom told insurers to…

California Health Care Legislation Signed Into Law By Governor Newsom

Monday, October 11, 2021 October 10th was the last day for Governor Newsom to sign or veto laws that were passed by the legislature this year. 2021 was a busy year for California legislators, who put forth hundreds of health-related bills in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Unsurprisingly, not all of the bills became law (although some of them may be revisited next year). Below is a summary of a few of the new health care laws that were…

California Issues More Expansive Vaccine Mandate for Health Care Workers

Wednesday, October 6, 2021 In early August, California’s Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued a mandate for health care workers to be vaccinated by September 30, 2021. Local government agencies within California, like the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health, passed similar orders that expanded the CDPH mandate to, for example, non-medical in-home healthcare workers. Then, on September 28, 2021, the CDPH expanded its mandate when it issued a new vaccine requirement, adding adult care facilities and direct…

California’s Health Care Gaps Skyrocketed Along Racial Lines in 2020

When directors at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research first studied the results of the center’s 2020 health survey in California, they weren’t shocked. It had been a pandemic year, after all; it wasn’t surprising to learn that a lot of people had avoided things like routine check-ups as they tried to stay away from clinic and hospital settings in the midst of COVID-19. But looking more closely at the survey, true disparities quickly emerged. Despite a record number…

California health providers now can use cannabis for end-of-life care

After vetoing a similar bill in 2019, Gov. Gavin Newsom on Tuesday night reversed course and signed legislation that would allow the use of cannabis in health care facilities for terminally ill patients, according to his office. A statement from the governor was not immediately available. The legislation, Senate Bill 311 — Compassionate Access to Medical Cannabis Act, or Ryan’s Law — was introduced in February by Sen. Ben Hueso, D-San Diego, and has the support of a North Bay…

Most California health workers got vaccinated, but holdouts could be fired

California’s aggressive push to vaccinate millions of healthcare workers against COVID-19 appears to have been mostly successful, with many hospitals and other healthcare facilities reporting overwhelmingly high rates of inoculated employees by the Thursday deadline. Thousands of workers remain unvaccinated, either in defiance of the state’s order or through approved exemptions for medical or religious reasons. But the number of holdouts seems to represent a small fraction of the Golden State’s approximately 2.4 million healthcare workers. The holdouts nevertheless represent…