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    10News Live Interview About VEBA & COVID Vaccinations

    Feb 25, 2021 — Gallagher Area President on behalf of California Schools VEBA, Laura Josh, was interviewed by ABC 10NEWS San Diego on Thursday, February 25, 2021 regarding VEBA’s role in helping school employees get their COVID-19 vaccinations.

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    VEBA is helping to manage the eligibility process for vaccinating San Diego County K-12 education employees.

    Feb 24, 2021 — VEBA was mentioned in this article as the designated provider to get K-12 school staff vaccinated. San Diego county says it will set aside twice the state’s recommended 10% of vaccine doses for school staff, reserving 20% as many San Diego schools gear up to bring kids back on campus in April.

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    The San Diego County Office of Education and VEBA will exclusively schedule appointments for K-12 teachers and staff.

    Feb 24, 2021 — VEBA was mentioned in this article as the main agency taking the lead in vaccinating transitional kindergarten (TK) through 12th grade teachers and staff.

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    San Diego County School Employees to Be Vaccinated Against COVID-19

    Feb 24, 2021 — VEBA was mentioned in this press release from the San Diego County Office of Education. SDCOE and VEBA are following County of San Diego health guidelines to prioritize vaccination of education workers who work in schools located in the neighborhoods most impacted by COVID-19.

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    Vaccinations for educators are being coordinated by the SDCOE and VEBA.

    Feb 24, 2021 — VEBA was mentioned in this article as the coordinator for San Diego County educators and staff in TK-12 schools to get their vaccinations.

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    K-12 teachers and staff will be immunized through a program led by the SDCOE and VEBA.

    Feb 24, 2021 — All in all, 500,000 San Diegans who fall into the categories of emergency services; childcare and education; and food and agriculture will be eligible for their shots. Vaccination for some in these groups will be handled through targeted efforts. For instance, K-12 teachers and staff will be immunized through a program led by the San Diego County Office of Education and California Schools Voluntary Employees Benefits Association (VEBA), an organization that offers health care benefits to school employees.

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    VEBA’s Mental and Behavioral Health Consultant, Carletta Vicain, speaks about mental health on CBS8 in partnership with the American Heart Association.

    Feb 22, 2021 — VEBA’s Mental and Behavioral Health Consultant, Carletta Vicain, spoke with CBS8 about the the link between mental health and heart disease. February is American Heart Month and VEBA is a proud sponsor of the American Heart Association to help bring awareness about heart disease in women.

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    Biden Nominates San Diego Unified Superintendent Cindy Marten for Deputy Education Secretary

    Jan 18, 2021 — President Joe Biden nominated San Diego Unified School District Superintendent Cindy Marten to the post of deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Education. Marten is Co-Chair of California Schools VEBA.

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    VEBA Mentioned by Dr. Brian Alman on KUSI News

    Oct 18, 2020 — Dr. Brian Alman, author and psychologist, mentioned California Schools VEBA and the VEBA Resource Center on the KUSI News segment: Staying Positive During the Pandemic. He stated that teachers and schools are one of the most stressed groups during this pandemic, and highlighted how VEBA is supporting its schools and teachers.

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    California Governor Passes Assembly Bill No. 1124

    Sep 29, 2020 — On September 29, 2020 Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law AB1124, an important piece of legislature sponsored by California Schools VEBA that will bring health care innovation back to California and will help lower health care costs.

    This bill authorizes two pilot programs— one in Northern California and one in Southern California— to allow employers to contract directly with hospitals and doctors for the health care services for VEBA Members under a capitated system—which means all health care services are provided at a set price. This format provides efficiencies in high-quality care for patients and a guaranteed income for providers. 

    If California Schools VEBA is able to participate in this pilot, our work would focus on increasing access to mental health care services, improved health care quality, and cost reductions for our VEBA Members and their families.