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NYCU June 11, 2024

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TUESDAY, JUNE 11, 2024

Paul HegyiPHYSICIANS: We are pleased to report that the California Medical Association–led initiative to expand access to and improve health care for all Californians took another important step forward as the ‘Protect Access to CareInitiative officially became eligible for the November 2024 ballot after counties throughout the state finished counting signatures submitted by our campaign coalition.

The initiative will bring billions of dollars in federal funding to California to improve care for patients across the state, particularly the more than 15 million Californians, including half of the state’s children, who depend on Medi–Cal for health insurance.

The initiative has already gained substantial support from a wide coalition of statewide and community organizations, physicians, other health care providers, community health centers, hospitals, labor unions, first responders, and elected officials, and is backed by both the California Democratic Party and the California Republican Party. CMA is chairing the ballot initiative committee.

As the California legislature enters the sixth month of the 2024 legislative year, the California Medical Association (CMA) has published a Mid–Year Legislative Update, which provides an up–to–date overview of CMA’s advocacy on legislation impacting California patients, the medical profession and public health for the 2024 legislative session.


CMA successfully defeated several pieces of legislation that would have jeopardized patient safety by creating an exemption to the ban on the corporate practice of medicine; imposed burdensome regulations on physician practices; heightened the risk of unnecessary lawsuits against physician practices; and legislated the practice of medicine.

Each of CMA’s sponsored bills for 2024 have also cleared their houses of origin and will continue to make their way through the Legislature. See CMA’s Mid–Year Legislative Update for an overview of the bills CMA has opposed or successfully negotiated in this session, as well as a look at the status of CMA’s sponsored bills.

Champions for Health and San Diego County Medical Society held a hugely successful Annual Gala attended by 300 people at the Prado in Balboa Park. The event doubles as a fundraiser for Champions’ Project Access, which provides medical care services to San Diego County’s underserved population, and an installation dinner for the new SDCMS President.

In attendance were Mayor Todd Gloria, Assemblymember Marie Waldron, Assemblymember Tasha Boerner, and Assembly candidate Andrew Hayes. Senator Toni Atkins, former President Pro Tem of the California State Senate, delivered the evening's keynote address. Dr. Nick Yphantides handed over the reins of SDCMS to Dr. Steve Koh.

Several awards were also handed out at the Gala:
Champion of the Year | Dr. Hernan Goldztein
He is Champions for Health’s outstanding volunteer for this year. A Project Access otolaryngologist volunteer since 2014, Hernan Goldsztein has provided 137 medical appointments and 25 surgeries pro bono to 29 patients.
Project Access Partner of the Year | Whole Person Care Clinic
WPCC is a community clinic that has referred 57 patients in 24 different specialties over the past 10 years.
President’s Award | IGO Medical Group
IGO’s gynecologists have volunteered with Project Access since 2010. Their nine specialists have served 180 patients with 562 medical appointments and 110 surgeries.
James T. Hay Award | Dr. Michael Krelstein
Presented each year by San Diego County Medical Society to a physician for outstanding community service, Michael Krelstein is a local psychiatrist and the long time Clinical Director for Behavioral Health for San Diego County. For the first time since the award was named in his honor in 2020, we were thrilled that Dr. Hay was able to attend the award’s presentation.

Look for more detailed coverage of the Gala in the upcoming July/August issue of San Diego Physician Magazine.

As always, let me know if you have any questions! Paul Hegyi, CEO

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JUL 9, 2024: 12-1pm, FREE Webinar for Members and Non–Members, sponsored by CMA and CDPH, ‘Virtual Grand Rounds: Gender–Affirming Care’. As gender–affirming care takes spotlight on the national scene with new restrictions on physicians in some states, what is the landscape in California? This session discusses gender health equity with leaders from the California Department of Public Health and physicians involved in gender–affirming care. CME available  CLICK HERE
JUL 11, 2024: 10-11am, Sheraton Grand Sacramento, ‘Implementing Cultural and Linguistic Competency & Implicit Bias into your CME Program’. Become familiar with California Correctional Health Care Services, the patients they serve and understand why addressing implicit bias and establishing cultural and linguistic competency is important in Continuing Medical Education. This event is just prior to the 2024 Health Equity Leadership Summit [details below]. CME available  CLICK HERE
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