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Office of Legislative and Governmental Affairs

The Office of Legislative and Governmental Affairs (LGA) facilitates, coordinates, and advocates for the development and enactment of legislation in the interest of public health. As a key player in carrying out the Department of Health Care Services' mission to preserve and improve the health status of all Californians, LGA assists in the development and refinement of the State's health care laws. LGA performs its role through various functions. 

Primary Functions:

  • Develops strategies for introducing and promoting legislation to implement the Department's sound public health principles.

  • Monitors the State's political pulse through interactions with Legislators and their staff, public and private agencies, the health professional community, consumers, constituency groups and educational partners who express interest in public health. LGA uses this information as it advises the California Health and Human Services Agency and Governor on public health policy.

  • Articulates Department and Administration policies to the California Legislature, in coordination with the California Health and Human Services Agency and the Governor.

  • Provides technical assistance to California State legislators and their staff on the Department's various programs through briefings, testimony at informational hearings, individual meetings, periodic newsletters, fact sheets, etc.

  • Builds and fosters strong partnerships for health with California State legislators and their staff.

Secondary Functions:

  • Provides consultative and technical assistance to the Department's programs and the public.

  • Ensures that the Department's bill analyses provide a sound basis for effective legislative advocacy.

  • Ensures that the Department's bill analyses synthesize the policies, activities and resource needs of its numerous programs.

  • Facilitates Department responses to constituent-related inquiries received from California State legislators and their staff. 

DHCS Letters of Support and Opposition:

Archive of previous Legislative Sessions Letters of Support and Opposition

 Trailer Bill Legislation (TBL):

 Extension of Home Health Funding

 

Full Scope Expansion for Undocumented Adults up to Age 26

 

Medi-Cal Checkwrite Contingency Payments

 

Medi-Cal Drug Rebate Fund

 

Adjustments of Redirection of Realignment 

 

Value Based Purchasing Incentives in Managed Care 

 

If you have any questions about DHCS’s TBL items or would like to be added to LGA’s TBL stakeholder distribution list, please contact Melissa Rolland, Assistant Deputy Director (Melissa.Rolland@dhcs.ca.gov).

Legislative Staff with constituent inquiries - Please call us at (916) 440-7500

LGA staff is trained to assist you with constituent case work and handling the exchange of personal identifying information related to your constituent's case.

Authorization to Disclose Health Information

(Form for constituents authorizing the Department to release their health information to members of the Legislature).

Legislative Reports

Reports to the Legislature                                                           Annual Legislative Summaries
(Legislatively Mandated Reports released)                                 (Summary of Chaptered and Vetoed legislation of interest to DHCS) 
 

Contact Us

Current staff roster

1501 Capitol Avenue, Suite 6017
(916) 440-7500  FAX: (916) 440-7510
Mailing address: MS 0006, PO Box 997413, Sacramento, CA 95899-7413

Last modified on: 5/20/2019 2:11 PM