Carmella Castellano-Garcia, president and CEO of the California Primary Care Association, said in an interview that losing the supplemental aid will destabilize and impose unnecessary financial hardship on California’s health centers, which she said are playing a...read more
“It’s staggering,” said Carmela Castellano-Garcia, CEO of the California Primary Care Association. In her state alone, she said, a 44 percent dropoff in patient visits to community clinics was the primary driver in a reduction of 6,000 safety-net health workers by the...read more
Statewide, federally qualified health centers are hemorrhaging nearly $90 million per week because patient visits — and reimbursements from Medi-Cal insurance — have dropped by half as people hunker down at home, according to Carmela Castellano-Garcia, president and...read more
In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have expanded access to telemedicine appointments for their beneficiaries. Thanks to a new waiver, more elderly and low-income people can now receive care from practitioners...read more
Community Health Centers (CHCs) serve more than 28 million people annually. By mission and mandate, CHCs are typically located in high-need, low-resourced areas, and serve all members of the community, regardless of ability to pay. The recent public charge rule is...read more
Statewide, patient visits are down by roughly half across California’s network of community clinics and health centers, leading to tens of millions in lost revenue each week. For many local health clinics that primarily serve low-income residents and rely on Medicaid...read more
Community Health Centers are serving on the front lines of the nation’s battle against coronavirus. CHCs are nonprofit health care clinics that provide health care to 29 million patients nationwide, 25% of which are uninsured and 70% of which live in poverty....read more
La Clínica is part of a sprawling network of community health centers, mostly tucked in low-income neighborhoods, that have suffered huge losses of revenue in recent weeks as the pandemic prompted them to stop most patient visits to limit the disease’s spread. Read...read more
The painful reckoning forced California lawmakers to address critical gaps in insurance, health services, emergency planning and communications. State and county leaders are now relying on that wildfire groundwork during the Covid-19 crisis. Read the full article...read more
America’s leaders in all fields are at a crossroads, facing immense challenges with no easy answers.
How can we address the looming climate change crisis?
How do we ensure solvency for Social Security, so our growing senior population can live with dignity?
How do we rebuild our crumbling transportation infrastructure, without breaking the bank?
For health care, which truly is a fundamental need for all of us, one of our great challenges is how to make sure we have enough trained and qualified women and men to care for patients to address the increasing demand for health care services…
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