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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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CHHS Earthquake Consumer Resources

HEALTH, PUBLIC HEALTH, AND COUNSELING CRISIS COUNSELING Disaster Distress Helpline provides 24/7, 365-day-a-year crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters. Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor. SERVICES FOR SENIORS The California Department of Aging contracts with and provides leadership …

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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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CalFresh Food Benefits Available to Older Adults and People with Disabilities Receiving Supplemental Security Income Beginning June 1

SACRAMENTO – As we celebrate May as CalFresh Awareness Month, the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) is announcing the expansion of the CalFresh program to include recipients of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. “This is an example of the commitment and collaboration among public and private organizations to help ensure that the most vulnerable …

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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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California Surgeon General Dr. Nadine Burke Harris Launches Statewide Listening Tour

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 2, 2019 MEDIA CONTACT: Media@OSG.ca.gov Sacramento, Calif. — California Surgeon General Dr. Nadine Burke Harris launched today a statewide listening tour at Fruit Ridge Community Collaborative (FRCC) in Sacramento to raise awareness about the link between Adverse Childhood Experiences, toxic stress and serious health conditions. “As California’s first Surgeon General, one …

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Lessons Learned: Building a Data-Driven, User-Centered Government By Secretary Michael Wilkening

As I reflect on our experience at the California Health and Human Services Agency (CHHS), I see our work over the course of the past few years as a proof of concept for how government must adapt in order to meet the needs of the individuals it serves. I think it is important for us …

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Comment Letter to the Federal Government on the Proposed Rule Entitled Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds

The California Health and Human Services Agency, along with the California Department of Health Care Services, California Department of Public Health, and the California Department of Social Services, submitted a comment letter to the Federal Government on the Proposed Rule entitled, Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds (83 Fed. Reg. 51114 (Oct. 10, 2018)), RIN 1615–AA22. …

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Remarks by Secretary Michael Wilkening at Office of National Coordinator 2018 Annual Meeting

Washington, D.C. (Delivered November 30, 2018) – About 14 million people get services from the various departments that we have. We have a $160 billion dollar budget and about 30,000 staff. California is a state that runs most of its social services programs through the counties. The 30,000 does not include the county staff, who …

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Improving Program and Service Delivery Through the Health & Human Services Program Dashboard

By: Michael Wilkening and Patrick Delaney In recent years, the California Health and Human Services Agency (CHHS) has fostered a culture of data driven innovation among its 12 departments. By removing barriers to data sharing, encouraging interdepartmental collaboration, and using existing data sources to produce business intelligence, we can improve program outreach, service delivery, and …

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