Working families rely on Medicaid to stay healthy & provide their children with access to care. Read this powerful story about one family’s experience.
“All of the healthcare access made available through Medicaid meant that our daughter could be supported in her development and excel. We saw the impact daily, in the ways she developed physically, cognitively and started to achieve various developmental milestones,” says the mom of a child with special health care needs.
Read the full story here.
Many people leaving jail or prison are eligible for Medi-Cal coverage, due to expanded eligibility with the Affordable Care Act, providing them with comprehensive health care services. New programs have been created to target their unique needs, and connect them with a primary care medical home and support. In Solano County, La Clínica North Vallejo has a new program to help formerly incarcerated people transition back to the community.
These programs are showing success in helping people return to their communities and avoid costly returns to jail or prison. Changes to the ACA that cut Medicaid programs would be a threat to the monumental gains that have been made.
Read the full blog post on the California Health Care Foundation’s website here.
Laura Sheckler, Community Affairs Manager at the Community Clinic Consortium, writes about the importance of Medi-Cal in our Solano County community. A significant part of how residents access health care services is through Medi-Cal, which provides low-cost, or no-cost health insurance for more than 13 million Californians. This includes low-income families, children, pregnant women, seniors and people living with disabilities.
“Medi-Cal is available to provide health coverage to the people who need it most, when they need it most,” she writes.
Read the full article in the Daily Republic here.
Alvaro Fuentes, Executive Director of the Community Clinic Consortium, writes about the concerns of community leaders and health care providers in a recent Op-Ed about the West Contra Costa County jail expansion.
“As health care providers and community leaders, we understand the need to provide humane conditions for individuals who are incarcerated. However, we believe it is more prudent to invest in community-based efforts to improve the health and wellness of all residents, not $25 million in construction and more than $5 million annually for running a massive new jail facility,” he writes.
Read the full Op-Ed here.
Community health centers lower the cost of children’s primary care by 35%, compared to other providers. Health centers are reducing overall costs, while providing comprehensive, high-quality care. Money is saved, in part, by offering a broad range of outpatient services under one roof or in one visit – thus decreasing fragmentation of care.
The full report, “Community Health Centers Reduce the Costs of Children’s Health Care,” can be accessed here.
Join the dialogue on how together, we will strive to Preserve Health Care for All
There is a statewide movement to resist efforts to dismantle our health care systems. Come and learn how we will be a part of this statewide movement to ensure that all residents have life-saving and quality health care.
Speakers include: Congressman Mark DeSaulnier, Congressman George Miller (Ret.)
When: January 28, 2017; 10:30am-12:00pm
Where: First Christian Church of Concord (3039 Willow Pass Rd, Concord CA 94519)
See the event flyer here
A new report from Health Access, “Profiles of Progress: California Counties Taking Steps to a More Inclusive and Smarter Safety-Net,” details dramatic changes to California’s health care safety net programs at the county level. While the Affordable Care Act has expanded coverage options, counties have been left to figure out how to provide care for the remaining uninsured, including undocumented individuals who are excluded from federal help. Counties have responded in various ways, from providing new benefits to those already covered to expanding coverage options to undocumented individuals.
CLICK HERE to view the full report.
California’s Contra Costa County, east of San Francisco, voted Tuesday to restore primary health care services to undocumented adults living in the county.
Contra Costa County joins 46 other California counties that have agreed to provide non-emergency care to immigrants who entered the country illegally.
“Providing health care coverage to all is not only about the human morality issue that we should address, but also from a cost-effective point of view … this is absolutely the right thing,” said Jane Garcia, CEO of La Clínica de la Raza, which serves 25,000 patients in Contra Costa, many of them low-income Latinos.
Adult immigrants who are undocumented are not able to participate state health exchanges under the Affordable Care Act, but can get emergency care in hospitals.
The program is not full scope insurance, but will provide preventive care. Health care providers and other supporters say that increasing access to preventive services will cut down visits to the emergency room and save the county money in the long run.
CLICK HERE to read the full story
September 22, 2015
[Martinez, CA] – The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors approved a plan today in a 4-1 vote to expand access to healthcare for residents regardless of immigration status. The decision comes six years after the Board voted to bar undocumented adults from participating in the County’s Basic Health Care Plan.
“Today was a huge victory in bridging the gap of health equity in Contra Costa County. The Contra Costa CARES program demonstrates the commitment of our elected officials and healthcare leaders to work together for the benefit of everyone in this county,” said Alvaro Fuentes, Executive Director of the Community Clinic Consortium representing community health centers in Contra Costa County. “The vote today echoes the voices of thousands of individuals – locally and statewide – committed to improving the health of their communities by ensuring that everyone has access to quality and affordable health care.”
The approved plan will allocate $500,000 in County funding toward the program. Led by the Consortium, a diverse set of public and private health systems stakeholders developed the program to help meet the healthcare needs of those not covered by the Affordable Care Act. Several local partners who participated in the development of Contra Costa CARES are anticipated to match the County’s contribution. As a result, the program is expected to be implemented with a total of $1,000,000 to serve approximately 3,000 residents. Meanwhile, estimates from the UC Berkeley Labor Center show that in Contra Costa County the undocumented population may be closer to 19,000.
The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors’ decision comes on the heels of Monterey County’s expansion of healthcare access for undocumented residents. This year, 35 rural counties in California and Sacramento County also expanded access to healthcare for undocumented adults and expansion of Medi-Cal access to undocumented children in the state was approved in the Governor’s budget. Contra Costa represents the 47th county in the state to provide access to healthcare for its undocumented adult population.
President Barack Obama has officially Proclaimed August 9th- 15th National Health Center Week, 2015! Check out the official White House Proclamation and be sure to send us your state and local #NHCW15 Proclamations for us to share and post on the HCW website!
We are also pleased to share brand new Health Center data and NHCW infographics created by the NACHC research team. Check out these great new resources and take advantage of the custom Health Center infographic tool to customize a #NHCW15 infographic for your Health Center!
Help us spread the word about NHCW on social media: Use the hashtag #NHCW15 to let everyone know how you are celebrating this year! Help spread the word and make Health Center Week the biggest and best yet! Check out our #NHCW15 social media post guide for sample posts! Helpful tip: use social media to thank your elected officials for their support by tagging and communicating with them directly! Don’t be shy, ask elected officials to post about National Health Center Week on their social media pages using the hashtag #NHCW15.
After lots of planning and hard work, National Health Center Week 2015 (August 9-15) has finally arrived and it is time to celebrate! At thousands of events and in hundreds of ways across the country, Health Center staff, board members, patients, community leaders, and other Health Center advocates are celebrating the great work that Health Centers do in bringing high-quality, cost effective, and accessible care to millions of patients.
Best Wishes for a Wonderful Week of Celebrations – Happy National Health Center Week 2015!
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