Report Highlights Importance of California's Social Safety Net for Children's Health

Michelle Rosenfeld, California Healthline Editor on July 29, 2015 at 10:00:00 am in Health Care Waiting Room 
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About 2.3 million California children live in poverty -- but that number would go up by 1.28 million if the state's social safety net programs were not available, according to a report from the Public Policy Institute of California.

Although government assistance is available for so many, wide variations in enrollment from county to county have led to disparities, according to the PPIC report released earlier this year.

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California Economy Needs A Strong Education Bill From Congress

Gary Toebben on July 28, 2015 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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For California to maintain its position as the 8th largest economy in the world, our education system needs to prepare ALL students for a competitive workplace. California is making progress by implementing substantial changes to our educational standards, better testing and accountability systems, and granting local control over funding. California high school graduation rates have improved from 75 percent in 2010 to an all-time high of 81 percent in 2014. We are on the right track.

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Unemployment Rates For Los Angeles Tell A Disappointing Story

Gary Toebben on July 22, 2015 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Last Friday, the California Employment Development Department released the Employment Report for June. The California unemployment rate stands at 6.3 percent, the County of Los Angeles is 7.4 percent and the City of Los Angeles is 7.7 percent. The U.S. unemployment rate is 5.3 percent. While all of these numbers are better than a year ago, the growth in jobs in L.A. City and County is lagging far behind other metropolitan counties in California. Here are the comparisons: San Francisco – 3.5 percent; Alameda (Oakland) - 4.6 percent; San Diego – 5.0 percent; Orange – 4.3 percent; Santa Clara (San Jose) – 4.0 percent. All of these metro counties have a lower unemployment rate than the United States except L.A. County. 

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Governor's Special Session on Health Care Financing

Samantha Beasley, Director, Public Policy on July 17, 2015 at 12:00:00 am in Health Care Waiting Room 
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Facing billions in funding challenges for our state’s health care infrastructure in 2016, Governor Jerry Brown recently began a special legislative session on health care financing. In this, hearings are being held in the Senate and Assembly to discuss the needs of our continuously expanding Medi-Cal population, services for people with developmental disabilities, and - most prominently - expiration of the current Managed Care Organization (MCO) tax structure.

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State & Feds Must Address Transportation Funding Crisis

Gary Toebben on July 14, 2015 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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The Federal Highway Trust Fund will expire on July 31 and California’s highways are falling apart. The businesses and residents of California are angry and frustrated by the lack of focus on transportation at both the State and Federal level. Tax revenue is growing in Washington DC and Sacramento but none of that new revenue is going to transportation.

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Special Olympics World Games Begin July 25 – Join Us

Gary Toebben on July 7, 2015 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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The World Cup Championship victory by the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team on Sunday was exciting and inspiring. It was especially moving because it took place the day after the celebration of the 239th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence and founding of our nation.

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Assembly Panel Rejects Nurse Practitioners' Scope-of-Practice Bill

California Healthline on July 1, 2015 at 11:00:00 am in Health Care Waiting Room 
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On Tuesday, the Assembly Committee on Business and Professions rejected a bill (SB 323) that aimed to allow nurse practitioners to treat patients without the supervision of a physician if certified by an authority such as a hospital, medical group, accountable care organization or clinic, the Sacramento Bee's "Capitol Alert" reports (Walters, "Capitol Alert," Sacramento Bee, 6/30).

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Congress Authorizes Trade Promotion Authority With Bipartisan Support

Gary Toebben on June 30, 2015 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Last week’s Congressional approval of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) was a major victory for President Obama, U.S. businesses that export, and the working men and women of America. With a bipartisan vote, the U.S. Congress prioritized economic growth and job creation here at home. In doing so, Congressional leaders proved they could tune out opposition on the left and the right and take action on an important measure to move our economy forward.

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Help “Make It in LA” - Return Your Survey Today

Gary Toebben on June 23, 2015 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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From the entrepreneur tinkering in his or her garage to the mighty aerospace industry, making things has always been part of the DNA of Southern California. According to the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation, there are more than 365,000 people employed by the manufacturing industry in L.A. County, the most for any county in America. Led by aerospace and fashion, manufacturing accounts for almost 10 percent of all jobs in L.A. County.

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Brown, California Lawmakers Reach Budget Deal After Compromises

California Healthline on June 17, 2015 at 10:00:00 am in Health Care Waiting Room 
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On Tuesday, California lawmakers and Gov. Jerry Brown (D) announced a $115.4 billion budget deal with several health care implications, the Los Angeles Times' "PolitiCal" reports (Mason, "PolitiCal," Los Angeles Times, 6/16).

The deal comes after the California Legislature on Monday passed its budget plan (AB 93) hours ahead of the deadline to do so.

The initial $117.5 billion general fund plan assumed that the state would get about $2.3 billion more in revenue than estimated in Brown's revised version of the fiscal year 2015-2016 budget plan, which was released in May (California Healthline, 6/16).

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