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Medi-Cal pharmacy benefit to transition to FFS “Medi-Cal Rx” program by Jan. 2021

DHCS is currently working on a plan to transition all pharmacy services to Medi-Cal Rx and has selected Magellan as the vendor to manage the  program.

Bill introduced to protect physicians from unfair lawsuits during COVID-19 pandemic

Congress will be considering a bill  that would provide health care professionals, and the facilities in which they work, protections from COVID-19-related lawsuits. 

House passes bill to provide flexibility for PPP loans

The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday overwhelmingly passed the “ Paycheck Protection Flexibility Act ” (HR 6886) to give small businesses more time and flexibility  to use their Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans.

CMA President Peter N. Bretan, Jr., M.D., statement on Senate budget hearing

CMA President Peter N. Bretan, Jr., M.D., released the following statement in response to Thursday's Senate budget hearing.

HHS awards nearly $500 million to expand testing capacity in California

HHS recently awarded to California $499,203,180 in new funding to support testing for COVID-19. This funding will provide critical support to develop, purchase, administer, process and analyze COVID-19 tests, as well as to conduct surveillance, trace contacts and related activities.

CMA medical students hosting virtual advocacy day

California medical students! Are you disappointed that the annual California Medical Association (CMA) Legislative Advocacy Day was canceled? Fret not. The CMA Medical Student Section is hosting a virtual advocacy day on Friday, June 5, 2020.

Deadline to apply for 2nd round of HHS provider relief funds is June 3

Physicians who believe they are eligible to receive payments from the second $20 billion distribution from the HHS Provider Relief Fund must apply for the funding before June 3, 2020. 

CMA backs new PBGH initiative to support primary care in California

CMA has joined a coalition of physician, health care and business leaders who are calling on state lawmakers to ensure health insurance companies pay their fair share to maintain our health care infrastructure, and to ensure we emerge from the COVID-19 crisis with a health care system that can meet patients’ needs.

Senators introduce medical student loan relief parity for California and Texas physicians

A bipartisan bill has been introduced in the U.S. Senate that would clarify the federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program that inadvertently excluded many California and Texas physicians from education loan forgiveness because of state laws.

CMA hosts COVID-19 webinar for medical staffs and hospital-based physicians

The California Medical Association (CMA) is hosting a webinar on Thursday, May 21, 2020, to look at the most significant waivers of state and federal laws during the COVID-19 public health emergency, and how these changes have impacted care delivery.

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