Media Statement

Overturning Affordable Care Act Would Have Devastating Consequences for Millions of Californians

The stakes have never been higher for the millions of Californians who rely on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for access to the vital health care services they and their loved ones count on every day. As the U.S. Supreme Court weighs the future of the ACA, one point is clear: this momentous law has become part of the fabric of our entire health care system.

So many things we all count on could be upended if the ACA is overturned:

California Hospitals Applaud Gov. Newsom for Signing Legislation Expanding Role of Nurse Practitioners

“We applaud Gov. Newsom for signing into law AB 890 (Wood, D-Santa Rosa) — a bill that will expand access to health care, especially in rural communities,” said California Hospital Association President & CEO Carmela Coyle. “By allowing highly trained and certified nurse practitioners to provide primary care as they practice to the full extent of their training, more Californians will be able to get the care they need.”

California Hospitals Express Concern About Two PPE Bills Signed into Law by Gov. Newsom

“Unfortunately, in signing both bills about personal protective equipment supply, the Administration has created double jeopardy for hospitals — subjecting them to disparate requirements and penalties,” said Carmela Coyle, President & CEO of the California Hospital Association. “But, as always, California’s hospitals stand ready to work together with others on the front lines of COVID to find meaningful, long-term solutions to increase the availability of appropriate personal protective equipment to keep patients and workers safe.”

Hospitals Provide Update on Resurgence Planning as COVID-19 Infection Rates Continue to Rise

Hospitals Provide Update on Resurgence Planning as COVID-19 Infection Rates Continue to Rise

WHEN:          Wednesday, July 22, 2020, 10 a.m.

WHERE:        Operator-Assisted Audio Press Conference

Dial-in: (855) 920-2730

Conference Call:  73026#

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WHAT:          Carmela Coyle, President & CEO of the California Hospital Association, will discuss hospital capacity (including staffing, PPE availability and more) as California hospitals respond to the surge in COVID-19 positive patients.

WHO:              Carmela Coyle, President & CEO, California Hospital Association

WHY:              As COVID-19 cases continue to rise throughout California, hospitals remain on the front lines in caring for their communities. As hospitals respond to the surge in patients, it is critical that all stakeholders have a shared understanding of capacity, the challenges facing hospitals, and what these mean for fighting the trends that lie ahead.

California Hospital Association Mourns Passing of Former CEO C. Duane Dauner

California Hospital Association Mourns Passing of Former CEO C. Duane Dauner

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:   July 14, 2020 

“California’s hospitals have lost a true champion with the tragic and untimely passing of C. Duane Dauner,” said CHA President & CEO Carmela Coyle. “For more than three decades, Duane steered California’s hospitals through some of the most pivotal moments in our state’s health care evolution.”

Independent Report Finds CA Hospital Losses From COVID-19 Could Lead to Long-Term Changes, Service Reductions

Independent Report Finds CA Hospital Losses From COVID-19 Could Lead to Long-Term Changes, Service Reductions  

Immediate economic relief is needed for financially challenged hospitals

SACRAMENTO (June 5, 2020) – A new report from Kaufman Hall, a nationally renowned independent consulting firm with extensive health care finance expertise, has found that the COVID-19 pandemic is likely to lead to long-term changes to financial stability and care delivery in California hospitals, many of which were already operating with negative margins. This report, which was commissioned by the California Hospital Association, comes on the heels of one released on Wednesday by the independent California Health Care Foundation, which also foretells long-term economic damage on California hospitals.

“Since the outset of the pandemic, California hospitals have rightfully focused their efforts on caring for COVID-19 patients, protecting their workers, and preserving the safety of their communities,” said Ken Kaufman, chair of Kaufman Hall. “Our research shows that these vital efforts have come at an extremely high cost. When coupled with an already challenging financial environment prior to COVID-19, California hospitals are now facing a very difficult path forward.”

CHCF Report Confirms California Hospitals Experiencing Substantial “Financial Shock” Due to COVID-19 Response

CHCF Report Confirms California Hospitals Experiencing Substantial “Financial Shock” Due to COVID-19 Response

“Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, California’s hospitals answered the call to respond to this unprecedented crisis — incurring enormous, unplanned expenses for staffing, equipment, and supplies while simultaneously cancelling non-emergency and elective procedures,” said Carmela Coyle, President & CEO of the California Hospital Association. “These actions have resulted in more than $10 billion in short-term losses, a figure confirmed by the California Health Care Foundation, yet hospitals took the actions willingly because it was the right thing to do. CHCF’s new, independent, study confirms the depth of the other crisis we are now facing – a ‘financial shock’ to hospitals so severe that it will impede hospitals’ ability to keep staff, prepare for a COVID resurgence, and care for their communities.”

“For the past several weeks, hospital leaders up and down the state have been sounding the alarm about the devastating fiscal crisis they now face as a result of responding to the pandemic,” Coyle said. “The CHCF report lays out in stark terms just how acute these challenges are – and will continue to be — for the foreseeable future.”

“Hospitals are essential to California’s economic recovery. Schools and business cannot reopen, government services cannot operate, and people cannot return to work unless hospitals are open, staffed, and ready to care for those in need,” Coyle added. “In this moment, we renew our call for our state’s elected officials to stand up for hospitals — just as hospitals have stood up for all 40 million Californians. We urge legislators and Governor Newsom to prioritize California’s hospitals in the state’s budget negotiations by allocating $1 billion in financial relief by June 30.”

Layoffs, Furloughs, Pay Cuts Spike as Hospitals Report Record Losses from COVID-19 Crisis – $1 Billion Financial Lifeline Needed Now

Layoffs, Furloughs, Pay Cuts Spike as Hospitals Report Record Losses from COVID-19 Crisis – $1 Billion Financial Lifeline Needed Now

WHEN:       Friday, May 22, 2020

9:30 a.m. – Point-in-time hospital workforce impact information released to media

10:00 a.m. – Teleconference

WHERE:    Operator-Assisted Conference Call

Dial-in:  1-800-357-0498

Conference ID:  34752                                       

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WHAT:       Point-in-time data on the impact that the pandemic is having on various hospitals throughout the state will be released — with information on layoffs, furloughs, pay cuts, and other COVID-19-related consequences — illustrating the devastating impact of this unprecedented crisis on California’s hospital workforce.

WHO:          Carmela Coyle, President & CEO, California Hospital Association

WHY:          As California’s Legislature heads into the Memorial Day weekend, some of the most important state budget decisions in years will be on the table. While lawmakers debate the state’s fiscal priorities, mounting financial losses driven by the COVID-19 pandemic are already leading to widespread layoffs, furloughs, and salary cuts.

Authors
  • Jan Emerson-Shea
    Vice President, External Affairs
  • Carmela Coyle
    President & CEO, CAHHS-CHA