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Health – COVID-19 Issues

Last updated November 20, 2020

Below are selected websites from reliable sources, vetted by our Law Librarians. This is not an exhaustive list of information available on this topic, but a starting point to provide you with basic information.

Resources from California Lawyer’s Association

The California Lawyer’s Association has shared several videos on healthcare concerns regarding the pandemic. See below:

 

Health Insurance thru Covered California 

Covered California has extended the enrollment period due to the Coronavirus; if you need health insurance you may still be able to get some:
https://www.coveredca.com/individuals-and-families/getting-covered/special-enrollment

CARES Act

On March 27, 2020, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was signed into law. Among other things, this Act provides additional funding for prevention diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19; allows emergency use of certain diagnostic tests not approved by the FDA; expands health-insurance coverage for diagnostic testing and requires coverage for preventative services and vaccines. The link below provides a summary and full text of the Act:

https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/senate-bill/3548

Government Websites: official advice and instructions

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – COVID-19 page

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

California Department of Public Health – COVID-19 page

https://www.cdph.ca.gov/programs/cid/dcdc/pages/immunization/ncov2019.aspx

County of San Diego Health and Human Services

https://www.sandiegocounty.gov/hhsa/programs/phs/

County of San Diego Department of Environmental Health

https://www.sandiegocounty.gov/deh/

Testing

Find a COVID Testing Site Near You – the California Department of Public Health has set up an interactive website:

https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/OPA/Pages/NR20-076.aspx

The County of San Diego has also launched a website to help area residents find testing:

https://www.sandiegocounty.gov/content/sdc/hhsa/programs/phs/community_epidemiology/dc/2019-nCoV/testing.html

Articles and Sites of Potential Interest to Help You Stay Healthy in Body & Mind:

General info from World Health Organization

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public

Coping with Anxiety and Isolation

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/managing-stress-anxiety.html

Resources for Managing Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19

https://www.sandiegocounty.gov/hhsa/programs/bhs/

Legal Tools Can Help Families Prevent COVID-19 Era Suicides

https://www.psychologytoday.com/intl/blog/the-desk-the-mental-health-lawyer/202008/legal-tools-can-help-families-prevent-covid-era

Drug and Alcohol Rehab Centers in California:

https://www.help.org/drug-and-alcohol-rehab-centers-in-california/

For Professionals

On March 30, 2020 Governor Newsom issued Executive Order N-39-20, authorizing the Director of the Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) to waive any of the professional licensing requirements relating to healing arts licensees in Division 2 of the Business and Professions Code, and any accompanying regulations. This includes, but is not limited to, the examination, education, experience, and training requirements necessary to obtain and maintain licensure, and requirements governing the practice and permissible activities for licensees.