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Can Raising the State’s Minimum Wage Improve Public Health?

Rajiv Bhatia of the UC-Berkeley School of Public Health, Gerald Kominski of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, Sen. Mark Leno, Mike Schommer of the Minnesota Department of Health and medical student Lea Selitsky spoke with California Healthline about the legislative efforts to raise the minimum wage and research into the possible public health effects from that.

State Lawmakers Want To Overhaul Mental Health Programs

Ratan Bhavnani of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Linda Boyd and Kathleen Piché of the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson and Sen. Darrell Steinberg spoke with California Healthline about the legislative and local efforts to change the state’s approach to handling mental illness.

High-Profile Ballot Measure Hopes To Curb Health Insurance Rate Hikes

Businesswoman Marti Conger, Jamie Court of Consumer Watchdog, R. Adams Dudley of UC-San Francisco, physician Ted Mazer, Dylan Roby of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and Robin Swanson of Californians Against Higher Health Care Costs spoke with California Healthline about an expensive and controversial November ballot measure that would give enforcement power to the state Insurance Commissioner to regulate health insurance rate hikes.

After the Big Deadline, a Push To Sign Up Individuals Who Are Still Eligible

Kelly Hardy of Children Now, Ken Jacobs of the UC-Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education, Linda Leu from the Young Invincibles, Eliza Schiffrin of the Central Family Resource Center in Oakland and Anthony Wright from Health Access California spoke with California Healthline about the renewed enrollment effort for Covered California and Medi-Cal, in the months following the end of the first open enrollment period for the exchange.

Legislators Hope To Restore Medi-Cal Provider Cut, Boost Access to Care

Mari Cantwell from the Department of Health Care Services, H.D. Palmer from the Department of Finance, Assembly member Richard Pan, Assembly member Nancy Skinner and Anthony Wright of Health Access California spoke with California Healthline about the 10% cut in reimbursement rates for Medi-Cal providers, the possible repercussions of that reduction and the recent legislative efforts to reverse that cut.

Grassroots Campaigns Hope To Increase Latino Enrollment in Exchange

Lizelda Lopez from Covered California, Tracy Ream from Neighborhood Healthcare in Escondido, Gregory Talavera from San Diego State University’s Graduate School of Public Health and California Sen. Norma Torres spoke with California Healthline about the reasons for low exchange enrollment and possible ways to increase Latino participation.

California Works To Help Small Businesses Navigate State Exchange

Rep. Ami Bera from Sacramento County, David Chase of the Small Business Majority, San Francisco business owner Virginia Donohue and Anne Gonzales of Covered California spoke with California Healthline about the growth and benefits for small businesses to enroll in the state’s health benefit exchange.

New Law Aimed at Many Parents Opting Out of State’s Vaccination Program

Mark Dressner of the California Academy of Family Physicians, Barbara Loe Fisher of the National Vaccine Information Center and Assembly member Richard Pan spoke with California Healthline about the growing number of parents who are choosing to keep their children out of the state’s vaccination program and the new law in California that requires a provider consultation to opt out.

New Law, Funding Aim To Reinvigorate State’s Rx Drug Monitoring Program

Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, Tom Lenox of the federal Drug Enforcement Agency, Jonathan Lucas of the San Diego County medical examiner’s office and Richard Thorp of the California Medical Association spoke with California Healthline about the growing concern among state and federal officials over prescription drug misuse, and the new law in California to fight it.

California Weighs Policy Changes To Address Provider Shortage

Bill Barcellona of the California Association of Physician Groups, Dawn Benton of the California Society of Health System Pharmacists, Sen. Ed Hernandez and Paul Phinney of the California Medical Association spoke with California Healthline about legislative efforts to address the state’s primary care physician shortage.