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Statement from California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly on the 2021 Budget Act

“The 2021-2022 Health and Human Services budget is a once-in-a-generation investment in a more equitable future where all Californians have the opportunities and supports needed to thrive. “This past year highlighted the vast disparities and inequities facing many across our state. On the heels of the COVID-19 pandemic, this budget opens the door to real …

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California Submits Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Spending Plan

On July 12, the Department of Health Care Services formally submitted California’s $4.6 billion Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Spending Plan to the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The plan is subject to CMS review and approval. This plan reflects many of the investments included in the initial version released by the Administration …

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Statement from California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly on the U.S. Supreme Court Decision to uphold the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

SACRAMENTO— California Health and Human Services Secretary and Chair of Covered California’s Board of Directors issues the following statement on the Supreme Court’s seven-justice majority decision to uphold the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. “Today is a great day, today is an important day in our pursuit to ensure that every Californian has access …

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Statement from California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly on Mask Guidance

“California has made amazing progress in our fight against COVID-19. With more than 34 million vaccines administered, we now have among the lowest case and positivity rates in the nation. “On June 15, California plans to implement the CDC’s guidelines around masking to allow fully vaccinated Californians to go without a mask in most indoor …

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Statement from California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly on the Release of the Governor’s California Comeback Plan

“The budget proposal released today by Governor Newsom represents a once-in-a-generation opportunity for us to disrupt the health, economic and racial inequities that fueled the pandemic and devastated families and communities across California. The health and human services proposals included in the California Comeback Plan begin to lay the foundation to make this a reality. …

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Valencia Branch Laboratory Receives Initial Licensing Report, Vows Improvement for Californians

For Immediate Release February 22, 2021 Contact: Kate.Folmar@chhs.ca.gov Rodger.Butler@chhs.ca.gov Sacramento – The Laboratory Field Services Division of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), which regulates laboratories in the state, found significant deficiencies in the Valencia Branch Laboratory during an initial routine inspection that occurred in early December, when the laboratory first opened. PerkinElmer is …

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State Officials Announce New COVID-19 Testing Resources for Schools

For Immediate Release Contact: 916-654-3304 New resources provide additional support for schools implementing COVID-19 testing for staff and students SACRAMENTO – State officials today announced the release of new online resources to support COVID-19 testing and the safe reopening of schools. Today’s announcement builds on the Safe Schools for All Plan and follows the launch …

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Newsom Administration Supplements Vaccine Delivery System; Announces Creation of Statewide Vaccine Delivery Network to Simplify and Standardize Vaccination Process With Equity as a Core Focus

For Immediate Release January 26, 2021 Contact: Amy.Palmer@govops.ca.gov Darrel.Ng@cdph.ca.gov New System Will Partner with Counties on Health Education, Outreach to Hard to Reach Communities Third-Party Administrator Will Come On Board to Streamline, Improve and Expedite Vaccine Administration, With Ability to Scale Californians can go to MyTurn.Ca.Gov to sign-up for Notification Now, Scheduling Tool to Launch …

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Statement from California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly on the Release of Governor Newsom’s Proposed Fiscal Year 2021-2022 State Budget

“The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on California families and businesses. This past year has highlighted the systemic racism and discrimination that has created social, economic, and health inequities contributing to disproportionately higher infection and mortality rates for both chronic and infectious diseases. As we look ahead, the governor’s Budget proposal makes bold …

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California Releases First-Ever Master Plan for Aging

With the state’s 60-and-over population expected to grow to 10.8 million people by 2030, COVID-19 has highlighted the urgent need to embrace new ways of supporting older Californians, people with disabilities, and communities of color The Master Plan applies hard lessons learned from the pandemic to a new 10-year strategy for creating an age-friendly California …

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Using Health and Human Services Data to Improve the Health and Well-Being of all Californians

The collective work of our departments and offices at the California Health and Human Services Agency (CHHS) is centered on the idea that we deliver programs and services focused on the needs of the people we serve, not on the silo structures of government. The use of data to inform this work is foundational. We …

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Cal Hospital Compare Announces 2020 Honor Rolls

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DATE: December 16, 2020 CONTACT: Vincent.Martinez@chhs.ca.gov Sacramento, CA –California Health and Human Services Agency Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly, along with Cal Hospital Compare, recognized hospitals across California today for their high performance in maternity care and commitment to appropriate opioid use. 32 hospitals met performance standards in both maternity and opioid care. …

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