Liana Bailey-Crimmins brings her information-technology expertise to CalPERS’ health division, aiming to curtail spending on otherwise costly procedures and drugs.
Unlike most other workers, private-ambulance employees are frequently called away from their meals and rest breaks to respond to emergency calls, but there’s no law explicitly allowing that practice. Proposition 11 would change that, but some say its real purpose is to get California’s largest ambulance company out of costly litigation.
The Trump administration’s plan to expand the use of cheap but skimpy short-term health plans will not fall on fertile soil in California, where lawmakers are pushing legislation to ban such policies.
At the state Capitol on Tuesday, mothers rallied to bring attention to the fallout from violence in communities of color, including anguish, fear and mental health problems.
About $2 billion in funding approved by the legislature to provide housing for homeless people with mental illness has been stalled by a legal challenge. In an attempt to bypass the lawsuit, Gov. Jerry Brown and legislators have agreed to bring the issue to voters in November.
Last year, 44 Californians died from West Nile virus. Invasive mosquitoes that can carry the illness, as well as other serious diseases such as Zika, are spreading across the state. Mosquito-control officials are responding with new and aggressive tactics to limit the threat.
With the primary now over, health care may well emerge as an issue that helps voters distinguish between candidates for governor, attorney general and other offices in the general election.
Money is streaming into the campaign from health care interests with a stake in whether California adopts a government-run, universal-coverage system.
Rates of gonorrhea, syphilis and chlamydia in California have shot up 45 percent over five years, resulting in 30 syphilis-related stillbirths in 2017 alone, new state data show.