Month: May 2015

But, Why Not?

May 28, 2015

ITUP employee and UCLA graduate student, Marina Acosta (far left), attending the 68th World Health Assembly with fellow UCLA classmates. Hearing the awe in my Mom’s voice when I was describing the tension in the room between Israel and the Arab nations during discussions about…

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Assembly Bill Could Allow Nurse Practitioners to Provide Primary Care

May 14, 2015

On Thursday, May 7th, the California Senate voted 25–5–9 to pass SB 323 (Hernandez), which sets down a framework that would allow nurse practitioners to provide primary care in California. Nurse practitioners would be allowed to perform basic diagnosing and prescribing roles without…

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Governor Brown’s May Revision for State Budget Shows Revenue up $6.7B and Proposes Full-Scope Medi-Cal Coverage for DACA and DAPA Immigrants

May 14, 2015

Governor Jerry Brown released the May Revision of the California state budget, and he had mostly positive news to share. The biggest news from the new estimates is a $6.7 billion increase in General fund revenues. Given this increase, the Governor proposes new spending for three purposes:   Extending…

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Governor's Order Could Improve California's Air Quality and Health

May 11, 2015

While great progress has been made developing a culture of health and wellness in California, access to care is only one part of a larger array of health-impacting factors. An individual’s lived-in environment contributes significantly to their wellbeing (or lack thereof). In developing…

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Senator Lara's bill (SB 4) Suspended in Appropriations

May 8, 2015

As of May 4, 2015, Senator Lara’s bill (SB 4) to expand insurance to undocumented Californians has been placed on hold. This decision comes in the wake of a fiscal analysis of SB 4. According to a Senate analyst, estimated coverage costs for undocumented individuals range from $280…

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Medicare Pioneer ACO Program Reports a Second Year of Savings

May 4, 2015

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell announced today that the Medicare Pioneer ACO program saved $344 million in its first two years of operation. That amount equates to roughly $300 in savings for each of the 600,000 beneficiaries receiving services through the…

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