Health Advocates+ is building a presence in the public policy arena that can't be ignored. With more than 1,330 community health centers with over 40,000 health center staff that provide care to 1 in 6 Californians, together we can ensure that our health-care safety net remains strong and stable.
We can’t do this alone. We need to raise our voices together to make sure we are heard and remain a priority for each of our legislators.
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Welcome Your Lawmakers Back to Sacramento
New and returning legislators headed back to the Capitol in January. Introduce yourself and welcome them back. Let them know you'll be contacting them about ensuring that California's health care safety net remains strong.
Click here to welcome your legislators back to the Capitol
Help Improve Access to Mental Health Care Services
Tell your lawmakers we need to allow health centers to bill for patients who require a mental health service on the same day as other medical services. Mental health services are already tough to access. Our patients currently must overcome many barriers and challenges to receive mental health services. By not allowing same-day billing is another undue burden we are placing on our patients and health centers.
Senator Atkins and Senator McGuire introduced Senate Bill 66 which will require California to allow community health centers to bill Medi-Cal for two visits if a patient is provided mental health services on the same day he or she receives other medical services.
They can’t ignore this problem any longer. We need to reduce barriers to ensure all of our patients get the help they need- when they need it!
Contact your legislators today
To learn more more about Senate Bill 66, visit our State Legislation Page.
CHIME ACT and Community Health Centers Fund
The first bill, the Community Health Improvement, Modernization, and Excellence (CHIME) Act, led by health center champions Senators Roy Blunt (R – MO) and Debbie Stabenow (D – MI), was introduced on January 10, 2019. This may sound familiar to advocates who worked with California Health+ Advocates and NACHC to secure health center funding last year, and we are so grateful to the sponsoring offices for the reintroduction of this piece of legislation as the 116 Congress begins!
The CHIME Act would provide reliable and dependable funding for the nation’s more than 1,400 health centers, extending the Community Health Centers Fund for an additional five years and increasing funding steadily over time to $5.0 billion in 2024. This legislation would also extend funding for the National Health Service Corps for an additional five years, helping bolster the primary care workforce in underserved areas of the country.