Dental Board Announces That Dentists Can Administer Covid-19 Vaccine

By Jonathan Greenbergs On January 4, 2021, the Dental Board of California (DBC) published an announcement from the Department of Consumer Affairs(DCA), DCA Waiver DCA-21-104, which waives restrictions on dentists from ordering and administering COVID-19 vaccines. To order or administer Continue reading

Department of Managed Health Care’s Financial Solvency Standards Board Quarterly Update – August 2020

By Meena Kaypour On August 19, 2020, the Department of Managed Health Care’s (DMHC) Financial Solvency Standards Board (FSSB) held its quarterly meeting via Zoom. DMHC staff provided a number of updates to FSSB, namely the Department of Health Care Continue reading

Board of Registered Nursing Takes Action in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

By Kendra J. Muller Starting in August 2020, the Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) took the following actions to address consumer protection and nursing issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic: On August 11, 2020, BRN issued a news release stating Continue reading

The COVID-19 Pandemic Brings Significant Changes to the California Bar Examination

By Juan M. Villalvazo The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc in recent months on the legal profession’s most important requisite for licensure—the Bar exam. With giant convention centers full of thousands of test-takers being infeasible during the pandemic, the California Continue reading

Department of Consumer Affairs Extends series of Licensing Waivers Pertaining to the Medical Board of California During State of Emergency

By Ellen Williams On August 27, 2020, Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) Director, Kimberly Kirchmeyer, issued two orders extending the deadlines for licensing waivers issued as a result of Governor Newsom’s March 30, 2020, State of Emergency proclamation in California, Continue reading

Medical Board of California Endorses Legislation Allowing Pharmacists to Administer Potential COVID-19 Vaccines Without Federal-Level Approval

By Jonathan Padua At its August 13, 2020 meeting, the Medical Board of California (MBC), in anticipation of a potential COVID-19 vaccine becoming available to the general public, voted to support AB 1710 (Wood) (Chapter 123, September 24, 2020) a Continue reading

Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education Promotes Adherence to COVID-19 State Guidelines for Higher Education

By Madison Beck Beginning in mid-July, the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE) began utilizing its social media accounts to spread awareness about state COVID-19 guidelines like mask-wearing, hand-washing, and physical distancing particularly as they relate to higher education. On Continue reading

Office of Administrative Law Approves Department of Managed Healthcare’s Emergency Regulation Regarding COVID-19 Diagnostic Testing

By Alex Ruf On July 15, 2020, the Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) published a notice of emergency rulemaking action with respect to its intent to adopt section 1300.67.01, Title 28 of the California Code of Regulations (CCR), pertaining Continue reading

Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education Releases “BPPE At A Glance”

By Mikaila Hernández On February 19, 2020, the Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE) distributed a one-page “BPPE At A Glance” informational flyer at its Advisory Committee meeting, summarizing the work that BPPE completed in 2019. The BPPE Advisory Committee Continue reading

California Department of Insurance Issues a Series of Notices to Insurance Companies Pertaining to Continued Health Care Coverage During the COVID-19 Outbreak

By Brittany Hodgson On March 18, 2020, Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara issued a public notice requesting that all insurance companies operating in California provide their insureds with at least a 60-day grace period to pay premiums so that policies are Continue reading