Media Statement

May Budget Revision Excludes Critical Funding to Help Hospitals Keep Ready

May Budget Revision Excludes Critical Funding to Help Hospitals Keep Ready

Hospitals Are Foundational to Reopening of California’s Economy

“There is no question California is facing one of the most challenging budget years this state has ever seen — far worse than the Great Recession of 2009,” said Carmela Coyle, President & CEO of the California Hospital Association. “As the budget is a reflection of the state’s values and priorities — even during devastating economic times when the state is working hard to return many sectors of our economy to more normal activity — it’s vital that hospitals be able to remain open, staffed, and ready for the state’s ongoing COVID-19 response.”

“While California’s hospitals recognize the difficult choices facing state leaders, hospital funds referenced in the May Revise are federal dollars, not state, and even still don’t come close to the $10 billion to $14 billion in short-term losses that hospitals are facing today,” Coyle said. “Hospitals across this state answered the call to respond in this unprecedented crisis. Without an immediate infusion of resources, many will remain in serious financial jeopardy.”

“We agree with the Governor that our state’s economy cannot begin to climb back unless hospitals are open, available, and fully staffed to provide care for the next expected wave of patients suffering from COVID-19. This cannot happen without immediate financial help from the state,” Coyle said. “We call upon the Legislature and Governor to prioritize the health of all Californians by providing $1 billion in financial relief to hospitals before June 30.”

California Hospital Leaders Sound Alarm: Immediate Financial Relief Needed to Keep Hospitals Open, Caring for People

California Hospital Leaders Sound Alarm: Immediate Financial Relief Needed to Keep Hospitals Open, Caring for People

WHEN:          Thursday, May 7, 2020, 11 a.m.

WHERE:        For Dial-In Information, Email: [email protected]  – CREDENTIALED MEDIA ONLY

WHAT:          COVID-19’s Devastating Financial Impact on California’s Hospitals

Health Care Provider Loan Program Provides a Much-Needed Cash Injection Ahead of Projected COVID-19 Surge

Health Care Provider Loan Program Provides a Much-Needed Cash Injection Ahead of Projected COVID-19 Surge

Funds Can Help Sustain Hospital Operations in Coming Weeks

“We are grateful that Blue Shield of California has stepped up to offer up to $200 million in short-term loans to help offset some of the heavy losses hospitals and doctors are enduring as they suspend normal operations before the expected surge of COVID-19 patients,” said Carmela Coyle, President & CEO of the California Hospital Association.

“Right now, hospitals are focused on one thing: caring for patients during this crisis,” Coyle said. “From a financial perspective, however, the immediate fiscal stress hospitals are facing pales in comparison to the long-term devastation that COVID-19 will wreak on California’s health care system as more and more hospitals are driven into the red financially.”

Proposed Office of Health Care Affordability Offers Opportunity to Address Rising Costs Across Health Care System

Proposed Office of Health Care Affordability Offers Opportunity to Address Rising Costs Across Health Care System​

“California hospitals support the creation of a new statewide Office of Health Care Affordability, as it advances an important concept for addressing this issue,” said Carmela Coyle, President & CEO of the California Hospital Association. “We know that this work will be extremely difficult — and we know that many pieces must be aligned in order for this effort to be successful.

“Homeless Guardians” Digital Series Shines Spotlight on Quiet, Compassionate Care Provided by California Hospitals

“Homeless Guardians” Digital Series Shines Spotlight on Quiet, Compassionate Care Provided by California Hospitals

Frontline Caregivers Touch Thousands of Californians Experiencing Homelessness Every Year

SACRAMENTO (January 28, 2020) — Every day, a small army of women and men rise to help meet the needs of Californians experiencing homelessness. These are people who work at California’s hospitals: social workers, case managers, nurses, doctors and others. They are the frontline caregivers who dedicate themselves to tend to those in greatest need — those individuals who don’t know where they will sleep or when their next meal will be.

The compassionate care that these health care professionals provide to the most vulnerable among us is highlighted in a new digital series — “Homeless Guardians” — now available online at www.HomelessGuardians.com. The series is a special project of the California Hospital Association and Our Health California, a community of more than 1 million Californians dedicated to advancing access to quality, affordable care for all Californians.

Supreme Court Decision Creates Fear, Confusion for Millions in Need of Health Care

Supreme Court Decision Creates Fear, Confusion for Millions in Need of Health Care

“Monday’s Supreme Court decision advances a policy that jeopardizes access to health care and social support services for millions including children, seniors, the disabled and those with chronic conditions,” said Carmela Coyle, President & CEO of the California Hospital Association. “California is home to millions of immigrants, all of whom need the health care we all rely on to live better, longer lives. No hospital in California will ask a person’s immigration status when they seek care, and hospitals will always be a safe haven for those in need.”

Gov. Newsom’s Proposed Office of Health Care Affordability Offers Framework to Tackle Cost Challenges

Gov. Newsom’s Proposed Office of Health Care Affordability Offers Framework to Tackle Cost Challenges​

“Governor Newsom’s proposal to create the state’s Office of Health Care Affordability advances an important opportunity to make health care more affordable so we can continue caring for every Californian every day,” said Carmela Coyle, President & CEO of the California Hospital Association. 

ACLU Position Threatens Patient Care

“A letter sent last week by ACLU of Northern California pressing UC hospitals to sever all partnerships with Dignity Health is bad for patients,” said Carmela Coyle, President & CEO of the California Hospital Association.

New Federal Public Charge Rule Threatens Health and Safety of Legal Immigrants

“The Trump Administration’s new ‘public charge’ rule jeopardizes the well-being of people who have legally immigrated to this country and who want nothing more than to feed and shelter their families and obtain life-saving care when they are sick or injured,” said Carmela Coyle, President & CEO of the California Hospital Association. “We are dismayed the federal government has adopted a misguided policy that will jeopardize access to health care and social support services for millions including children, seniors, the disabled and those with chronic conditions.

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  • Jan Emerson-Shea
    Vice President, External Affairs