Media Statement

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.

Health Care Leaders Praise Expansion of Postpartum Mental Health Care

Health care leaders are praising Gov. Gavin Newsom after he signed a budget bill that expands Medi-Cal services for low-income women diagnosed with postpartum depression from two months post-birth to a full year post-birth. The expansion will help those without health insurance and undocumented immigrants who are ineligible for full Medi-Cal benefits. Reaction from health care leaders:

CA Hospitals: “No One Should Ever Be Afraid to Seek Care Because They Fear Deportation”

SACRAMENTO (June 21, 2019) —“Caring for the sick and healing the injured is a mission that does not consider the immigration status of those who need help,” said Carmela Coyle, President & CEO of the California Hospital Association. “This principle is core to the mission of California’s hospitals. We are and will always remain a safe haven for those who need our care and will never ask a person’s immigration status. There is a special trust between patients and those who care for them. Our doors are always open and no one should ever be afraid to seek care because they fear deportation.”

Hospitals Commend Newsom on Push for Expanded Coverage, Affordability

SACRAMENTO (February 12, 2019) — Gov. Gavin Newsom’s State of the State address Tuesday demonstrated his ongoing commitment to the physical and mental well-being of Californians. This is a priority shared by California’s more than 400 hospitals as they work to ensure all Californians have access to the care they need and deserve.

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