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Governor Newsom’s budget priorities shift drastically due to COVID-19, creating a $54 billion shortfall in the state’s budget

On January 10, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom introduced his 2020-21 state budget, a $222.2 billion budget proposal which demonstrated a strong commitment to strengthening California’s healthcare delivery system. The Governor’s January budget was the first step of a five-month budget period, during which time state legislators, including our State Senators and State Assembly members, review the Governor’s budget proposal, and budget committees and subcommittees in both the Senate and Assembly host public hearings through the 5-month period, ending in May. By May 14, the Governor provides an updated budget known as the May Revise, reflecting his proposed changes which usually reflect the California’s most current financial state. The final budget must be finalized by June 15, 2020 as mandated by...

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U.S. House passes the HEROES Act, an essential $3 trillion COVID-19 relief package

Beginning in early March, Congress, including our U.S. Representatives Tony Cárdenas, Brad Sherman and U.S. Senator’s Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris has passed several comprehensive COVID-19 stimulus bills which were then signed by the President of the United States (POTUS). These stimulus bills have helped provide financial assistance to Americans, including but not limited to: workers, community health centers (CHCs) and hospitals during the COVID-19 pandemic.   H.R. 6074 Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act   On March 6, 2020, Congress passed and the POTUS signed H.R. 6074, an $8.3 billion emergency funding package which included $100 million in emergency funding for CHCs. These funds were awarded to NEVHC and its fellow CHCs as grants administered by the Health...

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