California’s undocumented workers to get $125 million coronavirus disaster relief

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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Senate Bill 66 Will Improve Access to Care for All Californians

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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