Assessing California’s Response to Federal Health Care Reform

California has amended a number of laws to be compliant with health care reform. Implication: Even if federal law were repealed or ruled unconstitutional, a number of regulatory rules from health care reform would remain in effect in California.

Examining the Impact of the HIV-related State Budget Cuts

During the summer of 2009, the State of California experienced an unprecedented budget crisis, resulting in cuts to social services across the state. Approximately $85 million was eliminated from the budget of the State Office of AIDS (OA) for FY 2009-2010, about half of the allocation of $167 million in FY 2008-2009. Following the cuts, reports in the local media and press releases indicated that several community-based organizations (CBOs) and AIDS service organizations (ASOs) had to close their doors or drastically reduce the level of HIV-related services, including activities such as HIV testing and counseling. The UCSF AIDS Policy Center ... [Read More];

Making it Count: California’s Names-Based HIV Reporting System

To ensure that California policymakers and program administrators understand the current epidemiology of HIV/AIDS and to ensure that the state obtains its fair share of federal support for HIV care, the state’s names-based HIV case registry must be as complete as possible. In early 2010, a report issued by the California Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) raised the possibility that the system might be seriously deficient, with potentially tens of thousands of persons who were already how to get famous on musically receiving care not included in the registry. To explore and assess this issue, AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA) ... [Read More];

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