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Author: Gina Lenhart

6 Reflections on the Pandemic From California’s Public Health Care Systems

Across California, long lines of people who waited for COVID-19 tests mirrored those eager for food. Whether a retail clerk in Compton, an undocumented farmworker in Salinas, or someone experiencing homelessness in San Jose, these residents have had crushing and inseparable medical and non-medical needs throughout the pandemic. COVID-19 has disproportionally impacted them in every way. For two and a

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Pressures From the Pandemic at Kern Medical

Article by: Aisling Carroll Since the pandemic began, residents of Kern County have landed inside Kern Medical in non-stop numbers. And it’s not just due to contracting COVID-19, which has been consistently higher here than in other parts of the state. In a continuous cascade of cases, people are rushed to the hospital’s Trauma Center. They’ve crashed in motor vehicle

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Facing Financial Crisis, California’s Public Health Care Systems Ask Lawmakers to Pass AB 1894

OAKLAND, CA, February 9, 2022 – Today, Assemblymember Luz Rivas (D-San Fernando Valley) introduced AB 1894, legislation that would create an important process to strengthen public health care system financing and ensure continued access to high quality, value-based care for more than 3.7 million patients served each year. AB 1894 is co-sponsored by the California Association of Public Hospitals and Health

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Public Health Care Systems Laud Governor Newsom’s Commitment to Supporting the Health Care Safety Net and Key Investments in Medi-Cal 

OAKLAND, CA, January 10, 2022 – Today, Governor Newsom announced the FY 2022-2023 Budget proposal, which creates an important process to strengthen public health care system financing. Also included in the budget are key investments for the Medi-Cal program, funding to support COVID 19 response efforts, and support for the health care workforce. “California’s 21 public health care systems have

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Public Health Care Systems Applaud the Approval of a Crucial California Medicaid Waiver Extension

OAKLAND, CA, December 29, 2021 – Today, the State of California announced initial federal approval of a five-year Medicaid (Medi-Cal) Section 1115 waiver extension, part of a bigger package of proposals called CalAIM.  Section 1115 waivers allow states to waive certain federal Medicaid rules so they can pursue innovative strategies to improve care for Medicaid beneficiaries. Though they represent just

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An on-the-ground look at how the County of Santa Clara increased care and services for those experiencing homelessness during the pandemic

Article by: Aisling Carroll Disaster service workers from the County of Santa Clara check a client’s temperature. Photo credit: County of Santa Clara Health System. For five years, David’s hammock was his home along San Jose’s Guadalupe River. He previously lived on a boat in the Berkeley Marina before his fibromyalgia and irritable bowel syndrome made him too sick to

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