Newsletter - March 2017

The CaliforniaHealth+ Advocates March newsletter is now available. Continue reading

Statement in response to the House Republicans pulling the American Health Care Act (AHCA)

Sacramento - CaliforniaHealth+ Advocates President and CEO Carmela Castellano-Garcia released the following statement today in response to Speaker Paul Ryan’s withdrawal of the American Health Care Act:  “We dodged a bullet today,” said Castellano-Garcia. “This is a major victory for community health centers, and the millions of people we serve, who have been fighting to protect the Affordable Care Act since President Trump was elected. Thanks to this vote, California’s community health centers can continue their mission of providing healthcare to everyone who is in need and improving the lives of those we serve.” Continue reading

Statement on DHCS Impact Analysis of TrumpCare

Sacramento - CaliforniaHealth+ Advocates President and CEO Carmela Castellano-Garcia released the following statement today in response to the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) Analysis on the American Health Care Act’s (AHCA) impact on Medi-Cal: “The state’s analysis confirms that the American Health Care Act will devastate the health care safety-net and that it is not a viable replacement for the ACA,” said Castellano-Garcia. “President Trump and Congress are forcing low-income communities to foot the bill for their cost cutting measures and eliminating healthcare coverage for millions of Californians.” Continue reading

Statement on American Health Care Act (AHCA) Manager’s Amendments

Sacramento - CaliforniaHealth+ Advocates President and CEO Carmela Castellano-Garcia released the following statement today in response to the Manager’s amendments to the American Health Care Act:    “I am extremely disappointed in the Manager’s amendments to the American Health Care Act that were announced last night. It was a bad bill when it was introduced and these amendments don’t make it any better,” said Castellano-Garcia. “This bill continues to abandon California’s most vulnerable communities and continues to roll back foundational safety-net programs like the Medicaid Expansion.”   Continue reading

Capital Link Report Touts Economic Value of Community Health Centers

The economic impacts of California’s community health centers have been put front and center in a new Capital Link report that was released today, titled Value of Community Health Centers Today and Tomorrow. Breaking from traditional healthcare clinical metrics, the report highlights the impact health centers have on jobs and the economy, savings to the health system, and access to care for vulnerable populations. “Capital Link demonstrates that in addition to providing quality healthcare to one in seven Californians, community health centers are an $8.2 billion economic engine that support nearly 60,000 good jobs across the state.” said president and CEO Carmela Castellano-Garcia. “Quality healthcare and quality jobs, that’s a win-win for California.” Continue reading

Leading Health Care Groups Deeply Concerned that Governor’s Budget Proposal May Decimate Access to Care

Sacramento – In his 2017-18 budget proposal, Governor Jerry Brown eliminates $33.4 million in health care workforce funding that would begin addressing the primary care workforce crisis that is gripping California’s underserved communities. This is the first year of a three-year $100 million investment. The budget investment came at the urging of a broad coalition of statewide healthcare organizations including the California Academy of Family Physicians (CAFP), CaliforniaHealth+ Advocates, and the California Medical Association (CMA), who recognized that access to care challenges must be systemically and comprehensively addressed. Continue reading

Statement on Governor Brown’s 2017 Budget Proposal

CaliforniaHealth+ Advocates President and CEO Carmela Castellano-Garcia released the following statement today in response to Governor Jerry Brown’s 2017 Budget Proposal:   “Community health centers recognize that it’s going to be a challenging year for healthcare in America but were alarmed to see the elimination of the State’s investment in healthcare workforce funding and delays in behavior health initiatives, which will hamper access to healthcare,” said Castellano-Garcia. “We are committed to working with the Legislature and the Governor to forge solutions that protect our state’s most vulnerable communities.”   Continue reading

Governor signs three “access to care” bills sponsored by community health centers

California Governor Jerry Brown signed three bills into law this week that will increase access to healthcare for Californians seeking care at community health centers.   “Our dream of a truly healthy California can only be achieved when our most vulnerable communities have timely access to the comprehensive healthcare services that they need and deserve,” said Carmela Castellano-Garcia, President and CEO of CaliforniaHealth+ Advocates. “In signing these three bills into law, the Governor has shown in word and deed that he shares our dream and will take meaningful action towards its realization. We are honored by the partnership.”  Continue reading

Assemblymember Dr. Joaquin Arambula Celebrates National Health Center Week in California State Assembly

Sacramento, Calif. – Assemblymember Dr. Joaquin Arambula (D-Fresno) presented a resolution declaring Aug. 7-13 as National Health Center Week in California with a group of health center leaders on the floor of the State Assembly today. The resolution honors the work of California’s community health centers who now serve one in seven Californians.  Continue reading

CaliforniaHealth+ Advocates Celebrates State Budget's New Investment of $100 million in Primary Care Workforce Programs

Sacramento, Calif. - CaliforniaHealth+ Advocates celebrated the signing of the California state budget June 27, which makes a $100 million investment in primary care workforce programs. The budget investment will begin to address the primary care workforce crisis that is stifling community health centers ability to serve California's most vulnerable and underserved people. Continue reading