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Next Covered California Board Meeting Scheduled for Feb. 21

Covered California will hold its next board meeting on Feb. 21 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Sacramento. The meeting is scheduled to include a report from Executive Director Peter Lee, as well as updates on policy and action items including qualified health plan contracting for 2020. A meeting agenda is available online.

DHCS Provides Health Homes Program Update

The Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) has released an update on the Health Homes Program, including current and future implementation counties, and counties where the program will not be implemented.

2019 Hospital Volunteer Conference Inspires Volunteers Statewide

The annual California Hospital Volunteer Leadership Conference (view photo gallery) took place earlier this week in Sacramento. Hosted by the California Association of Hospitals and Health Systems Volunteer Services, the conference brought together more than 200 hospital volunteers and volunteer leaders, as well as 31 speakers, 14 exhibitors, and several pet therapy animals.

CHA Comments on Cal MediConnect Program Extension

The Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) recently requested input on how the Cal MediConnect program can provide a better member experience or otherwise improve care and care coordination. Today, CHA submitted comments that outline the challenges hospital case managers continue to experience in the discharge planning process.

Discount Deadline Near for CHA/AHA Joint Advocacy Program

The discount deadline for the annual federal policy event has been extended. CHA encourages hospital leaders to register before the March 1 early bird deadline to receive substantial savings.

This year, CHA will combine its federal advocacy event for members — formerly known as the California Congressional Action Program — with the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) Annual Membership Meeting, April 7-10 in Washington, DC. The combined programs maximize hospital leaders’ time and investment for just one fee.

Will Republicans Start Winning on Health Care?

Prices of health care products and services have been rising very slowly in the Trump era. Meanwhile the President’s opponents are embracing increasingly radical plans for the sector. The issue that enabled Democrats to take the House in 2018 may present a challenge for the party in 2020.