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California parent groups sue Gavin Newsom, state health officials over classroom mask requirements

California Gov. Gavin Newsom and state health officials are facing lawsuits from two parent groups in over state plans to require students to wear masks in classrooms this fall, according to reports.  “Our kids have suffered for over a year and it’s time we put them at the forefront and give them some normalcy that they deserve,” Jonathan Zachreson, founder of Reopen California Schools, told FOX 40 of Sacramento.  His group’s lawsuit was filed Thursday in a San Diego court.…

California Breach Regulations Applicable to Health Care Facilities Align “Breach” Definition with HIPAA, Expand Reporting Obligations, and Clarify Penalty Structure

Thursday, July 22, 2021 California clinics, health facilities, home health agencies, and licensed hospices required to report breaches to the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) under California’s Health and Safety Code Section 1280.15 (Section 1280.15) are now subject to a new set of regulations. Section 1280.15, which has been in effect for a number of years, requires certain licensed California health care facilities to “prevent unlawful or unauthorized access to, and use or disclosure” of medical information and report…

Anthem Blue Cross, Dignity Health ax California network agreement

Dignity Health and Anthem Blue Cross have terminated their California network agreement amid a dispute over payment rates. The two have been engaged in contract negotiations over the past several months and were unable to reach an agreement on payment by July 15. In a notice posted on its site, Anthem said Dignity’s prices are 30% higher than other California health systems. The provider charges commercial plans in excess of 300 times the Medicare rate in certain instances, Anthem said.…

Newsom promised big on California health care. Where do his bold plans stand now?

In summary Three of the California governor’s boldest health care promises — including affordable medications and universal health care — have made little progress so far. Early in his term, Gov. Gavin Newsom positioned himself as the governor who would champion health care. He vowed to target rising prescription drug costs and find a way for the state to pay for care for all Californians, a key campaign promise. He also set a goal of creating a blueprint to better…

Half Of California’s Population Moving Back To Masking Indoors In Public, Per Local Health Officials

Health officers in seven Bay Area counties have asked residents to return to masking in public as Covid-19 numbers surge across the state. On Friday afternoon, the health departments of the counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Sonoma, and the City of Berkeley recommended that “everyone, regardless of vaccination status, wear masks indoors in public places to ensure easy verification that all unvaccinated people are masked in those settings.” Furthermore the announcement from the…

California health officials mull masks for vaccinated amid COVID surge

The steep and steady rise in COVID-19 cases is spurring health officials throughout well-vaccinated California to walk back the mask freedom they granted the inoculated just a month ago and advise or order that they mask up indoors. On Thursday, Los Angeles County became the first county in the state to order that masks be worn indoors regardless of vaccination status, starting Saturday. Also on Thursday, Sacramento County joined Yolo County in recommending that everyone wear masks indoors regardless of…