L.A. County Creates a ‘Foster Care to Homelessness Pipeline,’ Lawsuit Alleges
In a complaint filed on August 22, attorneys argue that L.A. County and the state of California fail to ensure safe housing for foster youths between the ages of 16 and 21. According to the Los Angeles Times, “the filing alleges, local government has created a ‘foster care to homelessness pipeline.’” According to a press release from Children’s Rights, six young people in foster care filed a class action lawsuit against the state of California and LA County. Defendants include the California Department of Social Services, California Health and Human Services Agency, California Department of Health Care Services, Los Angeles County, the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services, and the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health.
Interstate Licensing Compact Enables Over 15,000 Physicians to Deliver Healthcare
A census of licensed physicians measures the impact of the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact on healthcare access. According to the Census of Licensed Physicians 2022, “the IMLC was created before the pandemic but enabled more than 15,000 physicians to deliver healthcare across state lines, whether in person or via telemedicine.” The JMR podcast discusses the census article with lead author, Aaron Young, PhD; Young also shares four medical licensing trends discovered by the researchers.
New Laws Involving Texas Dept. of Licensing Take Effect Sept. 1
A host of new laws affecting the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation take effect on September 1. HB 3579, for example, allows the department to halt the operations of any massage establishment where human trafficking is suspected, according to the Jacksonville Progress on August 29. Visit the department’s website for a full list of laws affecting TDLR licensees.