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Legislation

The 2015-16 California state legislative session is now in full swing. CPEHN is sponsoring three bills that will improve language access in health care in California.

State Budget

On Friday, January 9th, Governor Jerry Brown released his state budget proposal for the 2015-16 fiscal year. The $113 billion spending proposal includes a modest increase in funding for Medi-Cal, which provides health coverage to as many as 12.2 million enrollees.

Covered California

Covered California concluded its second open enrollment period in February, with close to 500,000 new enrollees. An additional 780,000 individuals enrolled in Medi-Cal pushed the total number of people newly enrolled to 1,274,073.

Cultural and Linguistic Competency

Recently, California's Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) revised language access standards for the written documents that must be translated for Limited English Proficient (LEP) consumers in Medi-Cal managed care plans.