The ballot measure to expand Medicaid under the ACA passed with 50.5% of the vote, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from California, New York, and Oklahoma.
- California: State Sen. Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) on Tuesday presented a bill that would shield the home addresses of public health officials in the state. Pan introduced the bill after several California health officials, in response to their efforts to curb spread of the novel coronavirus, received death threats and had protests held outside their private residences. So far, at least seven public health officials have resigned due to the backlash (White, Politico, 6/30).
- New York: Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) last week expanded the state's 14-day mandatory self-quarantine requirement to include travelers from eight additional states. The quarantine now applies to travelers from California, Georgia, Iowa, Indiana, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, and Tennessee. Cuomo had previously announced a travel advisory for travelers coming from states with an infection rate of more than 10 cases per 100,000 people (Klar, The Hill, 6/30).
- Oklahoma: Oklahoma voters last week approved a ballot measure to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. The measure passed with 50.5% of the vote. The vote makes Oklahoma the fifth state with a Republican-led government where voters have approved Medicaid expansion through a ballot initiative (Cohrs, Modern Healthcare, 6/30; Greenwood, The Hill, 7/1).