Yellow Pages |   News Updates |   Events Calendar |   Movie Times | Recycling
Rocklin & Roseville Today Local Events
HOME

California Diabetes Program Audit Approved



SACRAMENTO - Assemblywoman Beth Gaines (R-Roseville) received approval yesterday for an audit of the California Department of Public Health's implementation of the California Diabetes Program (CDP).  The request received unanimous support from the Joint Legislative Audit Committee (JLAC). 

The request comes at a time when CDP funds, initially appropriated to directly address diabetes, have been used to fund one of many existing smoking cessation programs, also known as Medi-Cal Incentives to Quit Smoking (MIQS). These programs provide free nicotine patches and 20 dollar gift cards to various convenience stores, simply by calling a toll-free number and giving a Medi-Cal number.

"I have serious concerns about the efforts of the California Diabetes Program moving away from addressing the impact of diabetes directly," Gaines said, "especially when anti-smoking campaigns already get so much funding from various taxes."

Smoking rates plummeted to just 10 percent in 2013, thanks in large part to state and federal taxes on tobacco products.  Diabetes, on the other hand, receives minimal funding from the federal government, mostly in the form of a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Still, the CDP continues to apply for grants for more smoking cessation programs, allowing diabetes rates to skyrocket.

"The little money that California gets from the CDC should be used for addressing the escalating impact of diabetes - not free nicotine patches and gift cards," said Gaines.  "We need to implement an action plan that effectively addresses this terrible disease."

The audit will also examine the appropriateness and effectiveness of the CDP's expenditures, whether they address diabetes directly or indirectly, and whether the Department has maximized the opportunities that the federal grants have given them.  The audit will be completed by early next year.

Assemblywoman Beth Gaines represents the 6th Assembly District, which includes portions of Placer, El Dorado, and Sacramento and counties.



Comment / Share on Facebook



Placer County News Headlines

One-Armed Softball Phenom: Part 2Recently, you may have read the first of two columns featuring 17-year-old Katelyn Pavey, a one-armed, fastpitch softball phenom

Surplus Water: Placer County Water Agency Plans SaleThe Placer County Water Agency (PCWA) Board of Directors has approved a resolution that allows for the transfer and sale of up to 20,000 acre-feet of surplus water

Roseville Flash Crime Report (7.23.16)Roseville, CA- Weekly crime report digest update for Roseville, covering the period of July 14- 22, 2016.

Kings Beach Project Wins National AwardKings Beach, CA - A cornerstone project that is transforming the North Lake Tahoe community of Kings Beach's downtown has been given a prestigious national award

Roseville Hospital gets Suessical VisitRoseville, CA- It isn't every day that storybook characters come alive at Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center.

Nevada City Shines Best at Night Nevada City, CA- Nevada City's charm shines more brightly at night. At least that was the takeaway following a midweek date night with my wife.

Rubio's Opens New Restaurant in Roseville August 4thRoseville, CA - Rubio's Restaurants, Inc., the popular fast casual chain known for uniquely delicious coastal cuisine and popularizing the fish taco, has announced the opening of a new location in Roseville

Roseville and Lincoln to Host Girls Fastpitch Western National ChampionshipRoseville, CA - The ASA/USA 14u Class A Girls Fastpitch Western National Championship in Roseville and Lincoln July 25- 31.

Roseville Residents Motoring for Less this SummerRoseville, CA- Roseville residents are motoring for less this summer as gas prices continue to push lower.

Updates on Rocklin HomicideRocklin, CA- The injuries of the victim were consistent with a blunt force trauma-type injury although information about the weapon used will not be released.

Mummy Man Robs Rocklin BankRocklin, CA- On Wednesday, 07/20/2016, at approximately 4:00pm, Rocklin Police responded to a robbery call at the US Bank located inside the Safeway Supermarket

Gunshots in Roseville Lead to Manhunt and Highway ClosuresRoseville, CA- Despite a large manhunt in Roseville following early morning gunshots, it appears the two male suspects have eluded police at this time.


NEWS: In Case You Missed It