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June 18, 2020
Legislature passes budget that protects health care
On Monday, the California Legislature passed a balanced budget for fiscal year 2020-2021, rejecting many of the health care cuts proposed by Governor Gavin Newsom in his May Revise budget proposal.

California began 2020 with a strong economy, historic reserves, a structurally balanced budget and a projected surplus of $5.6 billion. However, California is facing a $54.3 billion budget deficit due precipitous state revenue declines and caseload increases due to the COVID-19 pandemic. More...

CMA President Peter N. Bretan, Jr., M.D., statement on Gov. Newsom's statewide mask order
CMA President Peter N. Bretan, Jr., M.D. Issued the following statement in support of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s new  executive order on face coverings :

"Wearing face coverings in public slows the spread of COVID-19 and saves lives. The Newsom Administration’s action today sends a clear message to Californians that wearing face coverings in public is an important public safety measure that will slow the transmission of the coronavirus, and make it more likely our state can stay on a path toward reopening." More...
Webinars Next Week - FREE FOR ALL
Employment Law Issues for Reopening Practices
This webinar focuses on employment issues as physicians begin to reopen their practices during the COVID-19 public health emergency. Attorney Oscar Rivas, Partner at Landegger Baron Law Group, will discuss a range of topics, including the current status of state and federal financial support for employees and employers, bringing employees back from furlough, continuing remote work policies and safety precautions to prevent COVID-19 in the workplace.
June 24, 2020 - 12:15pm to 1:15pm

Reopening a Medical Practice: The Physician-Patient Relationship
As medical practices begin the process of reopening after the COVID-19 shut down, one of the more difficult parts of the process may be communicating with patients. This webinar will provide practical advice on how physicians can maintain a positive physician-patient relationship during the process of reopening.
June 25, 2020 - 12:15pm to 1:15pm
Medicaid targeted distribution portal open now
On Wednesday, June 10, 2020, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) opened a new  “Medicaid Targeted Distribution” portal  through which Medicaid-dependent physicians can apply to receive a portion of the $15 billion “targeted distribution” for Medicaid providers. Physicians must apply for the funding before July 3, 2020. The funding does not need to be repaid. More...
Coalition of physician orgs urges Congress to pass liability protections for physicians
The California Medical Association (CMA)—in conjunction with the American Medical Association and 42 other state, specialty, and national medical associations representing hundreds of thousands of physicians— sent a letter  to Congressional leaders, urging them to pass legislation to protect physicians from unfair lawsuits during COVID-19 pandemic. More...
Kern County ( Kern County Public Health )
Total Resident Cases - 3,590
Non-Resident Cases - 10
Recovered Residents - 2,450
Kern Resident Deaths - 58

Confirmed Cases - 161,099
Deaths - 5,290

Confirmed Cases - 2,155,572
Deaths - 117,632

Confirmed Cases - 8,242,999
Deaths - 445,535

All of these numbers were pulled from the respective websites 6/18/20, 5:30PM.
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