2017 Legislative Session Updates

It’s been another busy legislative year for us so far, with bills of interest moving forward in both the Assembly and the Senate. An important part of our work at CCCC is to track and take action on legislation that impacts the space of palliative care, hospice, or advance care planning. To keep up with […]


Draft budget proposes significant delay in Medi-Cal palliative care services

JANUARY 11, 2017 (Sacramento, CA)—The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) shared a 2017-18 budget document yesterday showing that Gov. Jerry Brown is proposing to delay the implementation of a program that would expand access to palliative care services for Medi-Cal Managed Health Care Plan enrollees. DHCS had previously indicated April 2016 as the […]


Department of Health Care Services director to talk policy at palliative care summit

How can public policy influence access to palliative care services in California? This important topic will be addressed by Jennifer Kent, MPA, director of the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS), in a general session at the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California 9th annual palliative care summit. Reserve your spot today! Kent is […]


SB 1004 palliative care stakeholder webinar scheduled for Sept. 8

UPDATED Sept. 8. 2016: On Sept. 8, 2016, the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) held a webinar to review its policy paper (PDF) describing General Eligibility and Disease-Specific Eligibility Criteria under Senate Bill 1004 (Hernandez). The next step in implementing this legislation is for DHCS to draft and distribute an “All Plan Letter” […]


Report: California Making Progress Toward a Supportive Environment for End-of-Life Care

New Study Benchmarks the State’s Progress Against IOM Report SACRAMENTO, CA—A year after the release of a landmark report on death and dying in America, a new state-based report finds that California is making strides to create a more supportive environment for people facing serious illness. Dying in California: A Status Report on End-of-Life Care […]


California gets “B” on Palliative Care Report Card

A state-by-state report card by the Center to Advance Palliative Care demonstrates that access to palliative care remains inadequate for millions of Americans living with serious illness despite continuing growth in the number of U.S. hospitals reporting palliative care programs. California received a “B” grade in the report. Scores for the ten most populous states […]


Department of Health Care Services seeks comments on quality measures for Medi-Cal’s pilot palliative care service

UPDATE (June 25, 2015): The Department of Health Care Services extended the deadline to comment on the quality measures for the Medi-Cal pilot palliative care service. People interested in providing comments have until 5 p.m. on Friday, June 26, 2015. Stakeholder meeting unveils performance measures, consumer and provider education for SB 1004 The California Department of Health Care […]


CCCC submits recommendations to Medi-Cal regarding implementation of SB 1004

Despite growing recognition of the value and cost-effectiveness of palliative care services, there continues to be significant disparities in how palliative care is defined, delivered and evaluated—not just in California, but across the nation. Through the implementation of SB 1004, California’s Medi-Cal system has a unique opportunity to serve as a leader in the creation […]


California policy: POLST registry, advance directive database, palliative care benefits under Medi-Cal, and more

When it comes to public policy, a lot has happened in the last few weeks. The deadline for bill introduction was Feb. 27, and the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California has been reviewing bills to determine which ones are relevant to our mission. Here is what you need to know… PROPOSED LEGISLATION NEW AB […]


Join us for first SB 1004 stakeholder meeting in February 2015

Implementation of Senate Bill 1004—which requires the state to establish standards for Medi-Cal managed care plans to ensure delivery of palliative care services—is one of many factors which will transform palliative care in California. The Coalition for Compassionate Care of California is working closely with the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) on establishing these […]