Possible Changes to Medi-Cal: Here’s What We Know
On Friday, March 24, House Republican leaders withdrew their health care bill from the House floor. According to the New York Times, “Too many Republicans, from moderates to hard-line conservatives, opposed the bill, and it became clear on Friday that a vote on the bill was likely to fail.” This was a victory for AltaMed, as it would have greatly impacted our patients, especially those covered by expanded Medi-Cal.
It also means, at least for now, that we won’t have to reverse all the positive gains we’ve made in providing greater access to health care in California. We have spent the last few years telling the community that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has helped close gaps, and narrow the nation’s uninsured rate by more than 10 percent. The ACA is far from perfect, but it is the best option available to us for now and at AltaMed we’re proud to have been a big part of that growth in the communities we serve.
The good news is that AltaMed is here to stay and is more dedicated than ever to our promise of providing Quality Care Without Exception. We’ve made health care available to underserved communities for four decades and that’s not going to change. AltaMed has grown from one clinic to nearly 50, making us one of the largest independent Federally Qualified Health Center in the United States. The future of Medi-Cal and Covered California remains to be seen, but we will be here for you every step of the way.
We want to Thank You for helping make our voices heard by participating in advocacy efforts. We may have won this one battle but it is far from over and we encourage you to continue making your voices heard. If you are interested in learning more about how AltaMed may be impacted and want to take action, please go to www.saveourchcs.org . We also encourage you to send us your health center stories. Your story is our story and we want to hear from you. Your story helps us explain the benefit of our community health centers. You can e-mail your story to Elizabeth Bille.