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Statement from California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly on the Federal Able Bodied Adults without Dependents Time Limit Rule

The California Health and Human Services Agency, along with the California Department of Social Services, opposes the new rule outlined today to the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), known as CalFresh in California, because it could harm the health and well-being of hundreds of thousands of Californians by restricting access to critical food assistance. …

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Governor Newsom Announces Early Childhood Policy Council and a Team to Develop Master Plan for Early Learning and Care

SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom today announced the selection of diverse experts, practitioners and parents to guide California’s efforts on early learning and care. The Governor today appointed 20 members of the state’s new Early Childhood Policy Council and advisory committees, including national experts, practitioners, and parents. He also announced the creation of an Early …

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Governor Newsom and Former California First Lady Maria Shriver Convene the First Meeting of Governor’s Task Force on Alzheimer’s Prevention and Preparedness

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DATE: November 19, 2019CONTACT: Scott.Murray@chhs.ca.gov | (916) 654-3304 SACRAMENTO — Today, Governor Gavin Newsom and Former First Lady Maria Shriver convened the first meeting of the Governor’s Task Force on Alzheimer’s Prevention and Preparedness. The Task Force, chaired by Shriver, consists of a diverse group of caregivers, scientists, researchers, advocates, and people living …

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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) What changed since the last CHHS Public Charge Guide …

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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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Senate Bill 276 and Senate Bill 714: Vaccinations and Medical Exemptions Questions and Answers

What is “herd immunity”? “Herd immunity”, also known as “community immunity”, is the level of immunity that will prevent the spread of an infectious disease in a population. For measles, for example, the level of vaccination needed to achieve herd immunity is approximately 95%. If immunity is above the “herd immunity” threshold for a group …

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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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REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL: Master Plan for Early Learning and Care

The California Health and Human Services (CHHS) Agency is inviting you to review and respond to this Request for Proposal (RFP) for Research, Development, and Project Management Services for the Master Plan for Early Learning and Care (MPELC) for California initiative. The CHHS Agency, in concurrence with the California State Board of Education (SBE) and …

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Assistance for Health Plan Enrollees Impacted by Earthquakes

The California Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) requires California health plans to help victims of Natural Disasters, including earthquakes, wildfires and flooding, who are experiencing problems obtaining health care services. This could include speeding up approvals for care, replacing lost prescriptions and ID cards, or quickly arranging health care at other facilities if a …

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