California pushes ahead with health policy overhaul
Here’s a look at some of the major health measures Gov. Newsom signed into law this year.
By Samantha Young and Angela Hart|October 05, 2020 at 10:01 AM
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Though COVID-19 forced California leaders to scale back their ambitious health care agenda, they still managed to enact significant new laws intended to lower consumer health care spending and expand access to health coverage.
When Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom concluded the chaotic legislative year Wednesday — his deadline to sign or veto bills — what emerged wasn’t the sweeping platform he and state lawmakers had outlined at the beginning of the year. But the dozens of health care measures they approved included first-in-the-nation policies to require more comprehensive coverage of mental health and addiction, and thrusting the state into the generic drug-making business.
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