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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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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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