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California health workers sound alarm over ‘ridiculous’ new COVID guidance • Sacramento News & Review

New state protocols allow health care workers who test positive but are asymptomatic to immediately return to work. By Mark Kreidler, Capital & Main This story is produced by the award-winning journalism nonprofit Capital & Main and co-published here with permission. On the first weekend in January, Rochielle Jocson’s worst-case scenario became a reality. After nearly two years of working on the front lines of the pandemic, Jocson, a registered nurse in San Diego, tested positive for COVID-19. Within a…

How to end health care insecurity in California

In summary California legislators have studied proposals for universal health care at length; now it’s time to pass Assembly Bill 1400. By Cathy Kennedy, Special to CalMatters Cathy Kennedy, a registered nurse, is president of the California Nurses Association and a Sacramento resident. New Year prediction: In 2022 out-of-pocket health care costs will continue to rise, prompting more California families to avoid medical care. The still virulent COVID-19 will add to health care insecurity, and more insurers will pass treatment…

California governor proposes tax cuts, expanded health care

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — With state revenues at an all-time high, California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday proposed a budget that would cut taxes while also promising to pay the health care expenses of all of the state’s low-income adults who are living in the country illegally. It will cost state taxpayers about $2.2 billion per year to cover the cost of health care for the state’s low-income immigrants. Meanwhile, Newsom’s tax cuts would reduce revenue by more than $6.5 billion.…

Single-payer health care is back on the table at the California Capitol – Capital Public Radio News

Single-payer health care is back on the table at the California Capitol  Capital Public Radio News Democrats in California Legislature revive universal health care bill  KTLA Los Angeles California Lawmaker Introduces Plan To Pay For State Universal Healthcare System  Forbes Single-Payer Healthcare Makes a California Comeback  The Wall Street Journal View Full Coverage on Google News…

California went from mandating vaccines to forcing COVID-positive health care employees to work

The California Department of Public Health issued new guidance allowing hospitals and health networks to force COVID-postive healthcare workers to continue working if they are asymptomatic.  “The department is providing temporary flexibility to help hospitals and emergency services providers respond to an unprecedented surge and staffing shortages. Hospitals have to exhaust all other options before resorting to this temporary tool. Facilities and providers using this tool, should have asymptomatic COVID-19 positive workers interact only with COVID-19 positive patients to the…

Tax hikes for universal health care in California?

In summary A group of Democratic legislators on Thursday unveiled a package of bills to create a universal health care program funded by new taxes. CalMatters is dedicated to explaining how state government impacts our lives. Your support helps us produce journalism that makes a difference. Donate now. To implement single-payer health care, or not to implement single-payer health care? That’s the question facing state lawmakers after a group of Democratic legislators on Thursday unveiled a package of bills to…

Health care reform back in the spotlight for California voters | BenefitsPRO

Health care providers are gearing up to defend a 2020 state law that bans the sale of flavored tobacco products popular with young people who smoke or vape. (Photo: Shutterstock) SACRAMENTO, Calif. — When Californians go to the polls later this year, they will confront contentious health care choices. Voters will weigh whether to overturn a state law that bans flavored tobacco products and will likely consider increasing the cap on medical malpractice awards. They may also vote on proposals…

California Ballot Will Be Heavy on Health Care

SACRAMENTO — When Californians go to the polls later this year, they will confront contentious health care choices. Voters will weigh whether to overturn a state law that bans flavored tobacco products and will likely consider increasing the cap on medical malpractice awards. They may also vote on proposals that effectively legalize psychedelic mushrooms and regulating dialysis clinics. Two pandemic-related measures also could qualify for the Nov. 8 general election: One would tax California’s wealthiest residents to create an institute…

California extends indoor mask mandate as Omicron surges

California will extend its mask mandate for indoor public spaces for another month as an unprecedented wave of coronavirus infections spawned by the highly transmissible Omicron variant continues to wash over the state. That statewide order was reinstituted in mid-December, and was originally set to be reevaluated Jan. 15. But given the sharp recent rise in infections and hospitalizations, it will be in place through at least Feb. 15, said Dr. Mark Ghaly, California’s health and human services secretary. During…