This is a Special Episode, recorded live at California Health, a one-day conference held in Sacramento on September 13, 2022. Capitol Weekly's annual look at health care featured three panels looking at different aspects of health care in the Golden State: 1) A Status Report on COVID-19; 2) Gov. Newsom’s California CARE Court proposal; 3) A Look Ahead for 2023: Health Care and Politics. The Keynote featured an interview with Secretary of Health and Human Services Mark Ghaly, conducted by Capitol Weekly editor John Howard. Dr. Mark Ghaly was appointed Secretary of the California Health and Human Services Agency by Gov. Newsom in 2019. As the head of the largest state Agency, Dr. Ghaly has led the administration’s approach on the health of Californians, including the state response to COVID-19. And, we cap the episode with our regular feature: Who Had the Worst Week in California Politics?
2:38 Have we turned the corner on COVID?
4:34 What about other diseases like Monkeypox and polio?
7:02 Boosters and the numbers
10:17 How close is CA to universal health care?
11:43 CARE Court
16:34 Social media and misinformation
19:01 Cal AIM and the Children's Behavioral Health Initiative
23:54 If congress pulls Medi Care funding, will CA backfill?
25:47 Back to COVID
28:04 Doctors peddling misinformation
29:26 Audience question: CA's text alert re: power use was effective; are there healthcare applications?
30:27 Audience question: Please talk about support mechanisms in CARE Court
32:09 Audience question: The re-procurement contracts
34:46 Audience question: state production of generic insulin
37:50 What about the fentanyl epidemic?
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