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New Hotline Available to Help California’s Most Vulnerable During Power Shutoffs

Hotline, consumer resources page, and personal emergency plan now available FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DATE: October 27, 2019CONTACT: Scott Murray | scott.murray@chhs.ca.gov | (916) 654-3304 SACRAMENTO – As utility-initiated Public Safety Power Shutoffs continue to impact residents across California, a nonemergency hotline has been established to help medically vulnerable Californians and health and community care facilities find resources in their …

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UPDATE: CHHS Public Charge Guide

The California Health and Human Services Agency, along with its Departments and Offices, is issuing an updated Public Charge Guide to serve as a resource for individuals with questions about the Federal Government’s new federal public charge policy. This document will be updated periodically. Public Charge Guide (English) Public Charge Guide (Spanish) – coming soon What changed …

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UPDATE: CalFresh Benefits Replacement Available for Families Impacted by Power Outages. Make Your Request by November 8, 2019

Are you a CalFresh recipient whose food spoiled due to the power outages? You can request a replacement of your CalFresh Food benefits if your food spoiled due to a power outage. For the extensive power outages that occurred in early October 2019, you have until November 8, 2019 to request the replacement. Contact your …

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Employ Older Workers Week: Recognizing the Value and Contribution of Older Californians. By: Secretary Mark Ghaly and Secretary Julie Su

The Governor has adopted “California for All” as the guiding principle of this Administration and charged us all with building a California in which everyone shares in our prosperity, no one is left behind, and our economy and our institutions work for all. This includes, of course, older Californians and gives us the opportunity to …

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Comment Letters on Revision of Categorical Eligibility in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

September 20, 2019 SUBJECT: Comments on Proposed Rule: FNS Docket ID: FNS-2018-0037; Revision of Categorical Eligibility in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program; 84 Fed. Reg. 35570 (July 24, 2019), RIN 0584-AE62 Dear Secretary Perdue and Deputy Under Secretary Lipps: The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) submits the following comments for your consideration on the …

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California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly makes appointments to Master Plan for Aging Stakeholder Advisory Committee

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DATE: August 15, 2019CONTACT: Scott Murray | (916) 654-3304 SACRAMENTO – California Health and Human Services (CHHS) Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly today announced the establishment of a Master Plan for Aging Stakeholder Advisory Committee. In January, as part of his first State of the State Address, Governor Gavin Newsom called for a …

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Statement from California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly on Federal Public Charge Inadmissibility Rule

“The California Health and Human Services Agency, along with its Departments and Offices, opposes any changes to the federal public charge policy that would restrict access to vital social programs or that would require families across California to make an impossible choice between taking public assistance to meet their basic needs and their ability to …

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Statement from California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly on Governor Newsom’s Executive Order on the Master Plan for Aging

“I want to thank Governor Newsom for his leadership and for making the well-being of older Californians a priority for the state. The Executive Order to develop a Master Plan for Aging is an important first step towards building a future where all Californians, regardless of race, economic status or level of support, can grow …

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DMHC Reaches Agreement with Anthem Blue Cross to Protect Consumers

Plan Invests $8.4 Million in Consumer Grievances & Appeals Process, Pays $2.8 Million Fine The California Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) has reached an agreement with Blue Cross of California (Anthem Blue Cross) to correct the plan’s repeated failures to properly identify and handle enrollee grievances and appeals. “Anthem Blue Cross has agreed to …

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CDPH Urges Californians Traveling Internationally to be Fully Vaccinated against Measles

SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) today urged Californians to make sure they are protected against measles. Vaccination is especially critical for those who plan to travel internationally. In 2019 to date, there have been 38 cases of measles in California. This is an increase of 15 cases from last week, and …

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