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Hospitals Applaud Gov. Newsom for Prioritizing Behavioral Health, Coverage Expansion in May Budget Revise

“The health and well-being of all Californians took a big step forward today under Gov. Newsom’s proposed May revision to the state’s budget,” said Carmela Coyle, President & CEO of the California Hospital Association. “The Governor’s plan to invest $4 billion in behavioral health programs for those up to age 25 is a meaningful investment in our children’s future and is the cornerstone of the landmark Blueprint for Behavioral Health, which CHA, NAMI California, and a coalition of more than 50 statewide organizations released earlier this month. Today’s announcement will place California at the forefront of our nation’s effort to address unmet behavioral health challenges.”

“We also are very pleased by the Governor’s proposal to significantly expand Medi-Cal coverage for a number of underserved populations, including coverage for undocumented seniors age 60 and over,” Coyle said. “Only when all of us have the coverage and access to necessary health care services can we truly have a healthy society.”

“California’s hospitals applaud Gov. Newsom for his forward-thinking approach to ensuring the health and well-being of all Californians,” Coyle said.

Report: CA Hospitals Endured Significant Financial Hardship in 2020; Challenges Will Continue Through 2021

A report released in April 2021 details how the COVID-19 pandemic damaged the financial health of California’s more than 400 hospitals in 2020, and forecasts continued fiscal impacts through 2021 and possibly beyond. Even after factoring in federal financial support provided last year through the CARES Act, California hospitals still lost more than $8 billion in 2020. California hospitals are expected to lose an additional $600 million to $2 billion this year, depending on vaccination rates and the path of the virus. Hospital operating margins are expected to decline between 19% and 65% in 2021.

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Ongoing Protests of Emergency Regulations to Ensure Patient Safety Distract from the Mission at Hand: Care for All During the COVID-19 Crisis

“Following a protest Friday at Emanate Health in Covina that accuses hospitals of attempting to undermine California’s nurse-staffing ratio laws, it’s imperative that, for the second time this week, the record be corrected,” said Carmela Coyle, President & CEO of the California Hospital Association. “Again, our state is in the middle of an unprecedented crisis that has claimed the lives of more 22,000 Californians, more than 8,600 of those in Los Angeles County alone.”

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:

  • Guaranteed coverage for people with pre-existing conditions, including almost 950,000 people who have contracted COVID-19.
  • The ability of 2 million young adults under age 26 to remain on their parents’ health plans.
  • The expansion of Medi-Cal to nearly 4 million low-income Californians, including single childless adults ages 19-25 with incomes up to 138% of the federal poverty level.
  • Subsidies through Covered California to make individual health insurance more affordable.
  • Enhanced Medicare payments to hospitals, doctors, and other providers that help ensure seniors have access to the care they need, when they need it.
  • Cutting through all the partisanship, politics, and legal arguments, the ACA is really about one thing: people. Without the ACA, millions of Californians who rely on its protections will be sicker, their ability to provide for their families will be at risk, and they will face an uncertain future.

With so much at stake, we hope the Supreme Court rules to protect the health of all Californians.

Adventist Health CEO Scott Reiner Elected 2021 Chair of the CHA Board of Trustees

Scott Reiner

SACRAMENTO (October 21, 2020) — Scott Reiner, CEO of Adventist Health, has been elected 2021 chair of the California Hospital Association’s Board of Trustees. Reiner, a registered nurse with nearly 30 years of health care leadership experience, has held various hospital CEO and system executive positions within Adventist Health since 1999, and has held the top position since 2014. The organization, headquartered in Roseville, serves more than 80 urban and rural communities on the West Coast and Hawaii, with medical offices, post-acute care services and 20 hospitals in California, including Adventist [email protected], an alternative to traditional hospital care. Through its Well-Being Division, Adventist Health is advancing innovation in community well-being through Blue Zones, a pioneer in taking a systemic and environmental approach to improving the health of entire cities and communities across the nation. 

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