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1920 - Warrant issued for actor Tom Mix to appear in Newhall Judge J.F. Powell's courtroom on reckless driving charge [story]
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California State Senate members approved Senator Fran Pavley’s Senate Bill 999, which would require health plans to cover up to a 12-month supply of hormonal contraceptives when such a prescription is requested by a woman’s health care provider.

Numerous studies, including a comprehensive review of more than 84,000 Medi-Cal patients who have long had the 12-month option, have shown this approach results in 30 percent fewer unintended pregnancies than with women who must refill their prescriptions every 30 or 90 days.

“This is a smart, proven policy that will improve the lives of California women, reduce the number of unintended pregnancies and abortions, and lower health-care costs,” said Senator Pavley. “For women who work, go to school, raise children and have otherwise demanding schedules, this will eliminate the need for repetitive trips to the pharmacy and reduce gaps in access to birth control.”

The Senate approved SB 999 on a bipartisan, 28-6 vote. It now moves to the Assembly for consideration.

The bill is sponsored by three of California’s leading reproductive-health advocates – Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California, the California Family Health Council, and NARAL Pro Choice California.

“Providing women with 12 months of contraception is an important step in reducing barriers to contraceptive access and helping to prevent unintended pregnancy. It’s a win-win for women and for the state of California,” said Kathy Kneer, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California.

An analysis by the California Health Benefits Review Program, a team of University of California medical researchers charged with studying the costs and benefits of all legislation that establishes a health insurance requirement, found that SB 999 would improve reproductive health outcomes and also save private employers, government agencies and individual women a combined $42.8 million a year. Among its findings is the bill would result in 7,000 fewer abortions each year in California.

“Women across California – with public and private health coverage – need and deserve equal and consistent access to their prescribed birth control method of choice,” said Julie Rabinovitz, president and CEO of the California Family Health Council. “This legislation will help prevent unintended pregnancies and ensure that more women in the state get evidence-based contraceptive care.”

“This bill puts more power in the hands of California women to determine their reproductive futures,” said Amy Everitt, state director of NARAL Pro-Choice California. “SB 999 recognizes that women lead busy lives and removes hurdles to consistent, effective birth control.”

The bill would enable doctors and other health-care providers to prescribe up to a 12-month supply of self-administered hormonal contraceptives such as birth control pills, the ring and the patch. Researchers for the Health Benefits Review Program estimate that 744,000 California women of child-bearing age have active prescriptions for such contraceptives.

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Monday, May 10, 2021
On Monday, Los Angeles County Public Health officials confirmed four new deaths and 179 new cases of COVID-19 countywide, with 27,798 total cases in the Santa Clarita Valley.
Friday, May 7, 2021
On Friday, Los Angeles County Public Health officials confirmed 16 new deaths and 421 new cases of COVID-19 countywide, with 27,766 total cases in the Santa Clarita Valley.
Friday, May 7, 2021
The L.A. County Financial Navigators program, operated by the Los Angeles County Department of Consumer and Business Affairs’ Center for Financial Empowerment in partnership with Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund, announced it is currently providing L.A. residents with free assistance to help them deal with the financial challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Thursday, May 6, 2021
The County of Los Angeles announced Thursday that it has distributed 23 million units of free PPE through its joint effort with PPE Unite to protect 433,000 employees at small businesses across the County.
Thursday, May 6, 2021
The Department of Public Social Services (DPSS) has launched its annual CalFresh Awareness Month campaign to publicize the CalFresh Nutrition Program and acknowledge community partners throughout the month of May for helping to raise public awareness year-round.

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