Last week, California Assembly Speaker Robert Rivas announced new chairs for many Assembly policy committees. The women and men in some of these roles will play an important part in shaping health care policy and their appointments present CHA and hospital leaders with an opportunity to engage and educate a new crop of policymakers about the threats to hospital care in California.
“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” — John F. Kennedy
In March, voters will cast ballots on Proposition 1, a package made up of CHA-supported legislation passed this year that will transform the state’s mental health system to better meet the growing needs of Californians.
In a state as diverse as California, keeping our eye on the ball of advancing health equity is critical work. Thanks for what you are doing within your own organizations to understand and address health inequities in care delivery and to be a partner in your community addressing social determinants of health.
Last Friday, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law SB 525, which sets minimum wages for health care workers across the state.
The gubernatorial signing deadline for bills passed in California’s 2023 legislative session is a little more than 48 hours away. One piece of legislation still awaiting action is SB 525, a bill that would raise the minimum wage for health care workers and is critical for hospitals to create a stable and predictable path for these increases.
News over the weekend that federal legislators reached a deal to continue funding the government for the next 45 days is welcome for hospitals on a couple of fronts.
Earlier this month, CHA joined a broad group of doctors, dentists, health plans, community health centers, and other health care groups to file a statewide ballot measure that aims to build on the historic investment that the governor and Legislature made earlier this year to provide greater support to Medi-Cal patients.
A bill that was scheduled to be considered in the House of Representatives this week proposes to support access to hospital care on one hand while cutting a vital funding source for hospitals on the other.