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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Homes For Heroes – An Opportunity for Homeless Vets and Apartment Owners

Gary Toebben on June 16, 2015 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald was in Los Angeles 11 days ago to meet with Mayor Eric Garcetti and L.A. apartment owners to encourage their participation in “Homes For Heroes.” This campaign was organized by Home For Good, a partnership between the L.A. Area Chamber and United Way of Greater Los Angeles aimed at ending veteran homelessness in L.A. County by 2015.

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Chamber Advocacy Strengthens Workforce Education & Training

Gary Toebben on June 9, 2015 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Last Thursday, the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) was among three programs from the L.A. region awarded a Career Pathways Trust Grant to educate thousands of students through partnerships with businesses. LACCD received $15 million to support programming that blends academic and career technical education, cultivates business education partnerships, and trains students for jobs in high-demand fields, such as health care, advanced manufacturing, information technology, bio-technology and engineering. 

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ACA Changes Provide Big Opportunities for Small Businesses

Samantha Beasley, Senior Manager of Health Care Policy, L.A. Area Chamber on June 3, 2015 at 3:00:00 pm in Health Care Waiting Room 
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Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA or Obamacare), all health plans must now have 10 essential benefits, including hospitalization, prescription drugs, maternity care and mental health treatments. Any health plans that do not meet all 10 requirements were to be canceled at the end of 2014, but Gov. Brown signed SB 1446 last July, giving California’s businesses with fewer than 50 employees an extra year to obtain ACA-compliant health coverage. If the eligible businesses' sponsored health plans still do not meet the law's requirements at the end of this year, such plans will be canceled. cancelled

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MWD Invests $450 million on Water Conservation

Gary Toebben on June 2, 2015 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Is there a long-term benefit to Los Angeles County and all of Southern California that can come from this brutal, historic drought? Yes, if the call by Gov. Jerry Brown to lower water use turns out to have a permanent, lasting effect. Lowering demand will allow the system to store more water in wet years so that sufficient water is held in reserve to meet the demands of future droughts. 

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Thank You West Coast Senators for Supporting Trade Promotion Authority

Gary Toebben on May 26, 2015 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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The California economy received a potential shot in the arm on Friday, when the U.S. Senate voted to give President Obama greater authority in negotiating trade agreements with other nations. On a 62-37 vote, the Senate sent the trade promotion authority bill to the U.S. House of Representatives, where it is expected to be hard-fought as well.

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Small Businesses Object to Minimum Wage Increase Proposal

Gary Toebben on May 19, 2015 at 7:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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There have been times when the voice of business was a distinct minority on issues before the Los Angeles City Council. That was not the case during the five hearings on increasing the minimum wage that City Council held throughout L.A. this spring. Small businesses that urged the City Council to go slower with the minimum wage increase, carve out small business and non-profits and include tips in calculating the total compensation that their employees earn represented about half of the speakers at the hearings.

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