CaliforniaHealth+ Advocates is dedicated to advancing the mission of community health centers through state and federal advocacy. We advocate on behalf of more than 1,370 community health centers who provide care to 1 in 6 Californians. We have a robust legislative agenda that includes issue areas such as improving access to care, promoting and protecting California's workforce, and more.
Governor Newsom's 2020-21 May Revise Budget
Governor Newsom’s 2020-21 May Revision demonstrates the devastating impact COVID-19 has had on our state finances, and the fact every industry, every state agency, and every element of our daily lives has been upended. While recent coverage expansions are maintained, the budget, takes deep cuts to the health care delivery system. The May Revision includes cuts to Medi-Cal benefits as well as cuts to health care workforce investments. The May Revision also includes the Administrations steadfast commitment to an aggressive implementation timeline for the Medi-Cal pharmacy transition, and establishment of Medi-Cal Rx without a supplemental fund for non-hospital clinics. Taken as a whole, this budget will only continue to destabilize California’s network of health centers.
In response to the Governor’s announcement, CaliforniaHealth+ Advocates President & CEO Carmela Castellano-Garcia released this statement .
Staff is working on a more detailed summary and analysis of the May Revision, which will be sent out next week after further details are released by the state. In the meantime, click here for a brief overview of the central elements of importance to community health centers.
Additionally, please stay on the lookout for additional materials – including talking points and template letter – to educate the legislature and administration on why this budget does not work for community health center or the communities they serve.
CaliforniaHealth+ Advocates 2020 Sponsored Bills
Senate Bill 66 (Atkins) Same Day Visits
Assembly Bill 2644 (Wood) – Streamlining Expansion of Primary Care Facilities
Assembly Bill 2007 (Salas) – Telehealth
For more information on the State Budget or sponsored bills please contact Beth Malinowski, Director of Government Affairs, at Beth@healthplusadvocates.org.