CSAC Bulletin Article

HHS Policy Committee Adopts 2018 Priorities

December 7, 2017

The Health and Human Services (HHS) Policy Committee met on Tuesday, November 28 during the CSAC 2017 Annual Meeting in Sacramento County. The Committee heard informational updates on a wide range of issues and voted to approve 2018 HHS advocacy priorities. Further details are below and materials can be found in the HHS Committee meeting packet here.

Action Item

For its single action item, the HHS Policy Committee voted unanimously to forward the draft 2018 HHS priorities to the Board for approval early next year. The top three HHS priorities are In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS), potential changes to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and homelessness and poverty issues. Full descriptions of these key priorities and other HHS priorities can be found in the HHS Draft 2018 Work Plan in the meeting packet.

Informational Items

Margot Grant Gould, the Policy Director of the First 5 Association of California, provided an introduction on the role of the First 5 Association, how they serve our local First 5 commissions, and the critical local services they provide using tobacco tax revenue. The Association is focusing on a home visit program for new families and continues to seek ways to maximize their declining funding source. CSAC will continue to collaborate with the First 5 Association on these issues in the coming year.

The HHS Policy Committee heard an update on CSAC’s IHSS implementation efforts. These include establishing the new county MOE, advocating for guidance and clarity on the wage and bargaining provisions, and the success of the November IHSS training attended by nearly 200 county staff.

Tom Joseph, from Waterman & Associates, provided an update on the status of the ACA and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) at the federal level.

Lastly, the HHS Policy Committee opened the conversation about the health and community impacts of legal cannabis, which will continue next year as legalization is implemented in California.

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