Clinics need swabs and tests, but they also need protective gear and more financial help, said Carmela Castellano-Garcia, president of the California Primary Care Association, which oversees about 1,400 nonprofit community health centers in the state. Health centers, which largely serve low-income communities, have seen anywhere from a 25% to 50% drop in visits since the pandemic started.
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On Wednesday, Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins (D-San Diego), along with Sen. Mike McGuire (D-Healdsburg), introduced Senate Bill 66, legislation with bipartisan support that allows community health centers to bill Medi-Cal for two visits if a patient is provided mental health services on the same day they receive other medical services.
Currently, if a patient receives treatment through Medi-Cal at a community health center from both a medical provider and a mental health specialist on the same day, the Department of Health Care Services will reimburse the center for only one visit. A patient must seek mental health treatment on a subsequent day in order for that treatment to be reimbursed as a second visit.
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Bill to provide emergency health services signed by governor
” Gov. Jerry Brown has signed Assemblymember Cecilia Aguiar-Curry’s Assembly Bill 2576 into law over the weekend.”
Bill to provide emergency health services signed by Gov. Brown
“The action came after it was found there were barriers to clinics’ and other health providers’ ability to provide health care and receive reimbursement for health services clinics during and after the devastating 2017 wildfires. It’s hoped the changes will streamline the system.”