California Healthcare Districts Applaud Budget Investments for People in Underserved Areas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 27, 2017

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Sacramento, CA –  Ken Cohen, Executive Director of the Association of California Healthcare Districts (ACHD), released the following statement regarding Governor Brown’s signing of the 2017-18 state budget today:

“California Healthcare Districts applaud the Governor and Legislature for making valuable investments in health care and public health that will meet the critical needs of people who live in some of the most underserved areas of the state – areas where Healthcare Districts are charged with serving tens of millions of Californians who might not otherwise receive care.

“Whether it’s our Healthcare Districts tucked into rural areas or based in urban centers, there are many pockets of California that for varied and unique reasons struggle to attract primary care physicians, so our members are especially pleased to see the $100 million support of primary care workforce to assist in attracting doctors and filling primary care residency slots to underserved areas.

“This is also why the increases to Medi-Cal provider rates are greatly appreciated. With more than a third of the state’s residents receiving Medi-Cal and many of them turning to the hospitals and clinics operated by our Healthcare Districts, keeping up with demand for services while provider rates have stagnated for years has been one of the greatest challenges faced by California health care providers. We are pleased to see the Governor and Legislature recognize that tension and appropriately invest Proposition 56 funds in provider rates.

“The launch of the Community Clinic Lifeline Grant Program is also welcome news, providing a needed boost to eligible small and rural health care clinics who serve some of the most vulnerable residents in the state.”

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The Association of California Healthcare Districts (ACHD) serves the diverse needs of California Healthcare Districts through advocacy and education. California Healthcare Districts respond to the specialized health needs of California communities. Voters created 79 Healthcare Districts to fulfill health local care needs. Of these, 54 serve the state’s rural areas.

 

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