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California should prioritize the mental health of children

As schools across California reopen – many for the first time in a year and a half—mental health professionals expect a groundswell in demand for students in need of assistance. It is normally a time when school staff identify children beset by psychological challenges. Now it is exacerbated by pandemic-caused anxieties, from having to catch up academically and socially to returning after long absences to in-person learning, according to a recent National Public Radio story. The NPR account also exposes…

California’s reboot of troubled Medi-Cal puts pressure on health plans to perform

When Denise Williams’ son was 2 months old, she became alarmed by a rattling sound in his lungs and took him to the emergency room. While undergoing treatment, he spiraled into a disabling neurological disorder. Now 2 years old, Markeano is attached to breathing and feeding tubes. He can’t walk or move his arms. “If I want him to sit up, I have to sit him up. If I want him to play with a car, I’ve got to put…

California to receive $19.2-million federal boost for maternal, child health programs

California’s home visiting programs for parents and children will receive a $19.2-million federal funding boost, U.S. officials announced Friday. The home visiting programs teach parenting skills, provide information on safe sleep positions, injury prevention and nutrition and screening young children for developmental delays. They also help refer parents for help with addiction, family violence and postpartum depression. The California Department of Public Health oversees 23 home visiting programs statewide, and during the 2018-19 fiscal year completed 29,626 home visits and…

Covered California director to step down in February

The director of Covered California says he will step down early next year By ADAM BEAM Associated Press September 16, 2021, 8:02 PM • 4 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The director of Covered California said Thursday he will step down early next year, prompting a national search for a new leader of the nation’s largest state-based health insurance marketplace. Peter Lee has been Covered California‘s only executive director in its nine-year history,…

Berkeley adds vaccination verification rules

BERKELEY — Starting Friday in Berkeley, patrons of restaurants, gyms and large indoor events will need to show proof that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. A health order issued Wednesday by Berkeley’s health officer also requires, starting Oct. 15, that employees of those businesses and other specified facilities are vaccinated or tested weekly for the coronavirus. The order covers settings where people remove a face mask to eat or drink or breathe more intensely to work out, in addition…

California health care unions backing Newsom want something in return: Single-payer | BenefitsPRO

Activists say Newsom has let them down on single-payer but are standing behind him because he represents their best shot at obtaining it.  SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Should Gavin Newsom survive the Republican-driven attempt to oust him from office, the Democratic governor will face the prospect of paying back supporters who coalesced behind him. And the leaders of California’s single-payer movement will want their due.…

Governor Newsom Announces California Health and Human Services Agency Appointments | California Governor

SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom today announced the appointment of California Health and Human Services Agency (CHHS) Undersecretary Michelle Baass as Director of the California Department of Health Care Services, filling the role held by outgoing Director William Lightbourne since June 2020. CHHS Deputy Secretary of Program and Fiscal Affairs Marko Mijic has been appointed to serve as Undersecretary of the Agency. “Director Lightbourne stepped up to serve California during a worldwide pandemic, bringing with him a lifetime of extensive…

COVID in California: Health officials in Contra Costa County expect COVID ‘to be around’ for up to a decade

Latest updates: Unvaccinated have infection rates 541% higher: The overwhelming majority of new COVID infections in California continue to be in the unvaccinated population, state health department data shows. They have 571% higher case rates than those who are vaccinated. About 11 people per 100,000 residents age 16 and older are infected per day in the population of those who have received their shots. Among those still not vaccinated it’s close to 62 people per 100,000, state officials say. Marin…

Opinion: Doctors Are Infrastructure

Photo by iStock/monkeybusinessimages Our health care system needs to be examined. The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed immense inequities across our health care systems, from coverage gaps to preexisting health conditions. The pandemic has also inspired us to be more forward looking and to take a real look—not just at what’s in front of us but also at how we can look beyond to address needs now so they don’t intensify problems later. Recently, the American Association of Medical Colleges released…