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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.

“Partnerships among and between hospitals and health systems are common in California, and are key to ensuring care for so many where specialty doctors and services are insufficient. Limiting hospital partnerships will limit care that Californians rely on today. California hospitals partner every day to provide mental health care, substance use disorder treatment, pediatric care, specialty services like cancer care in rural and underserved communities, telemedicine and more. By partnering, hospitals also are able to make sure the next generation of physicians are exposed to caring for a variety of patients and health conditions.

“UC and Dignity Health are the largest Medi-Cal providers in California, caring for the most vulnerable people in our state. ACLU’s overly-broad stance to preclude certain hospital partnerships will affect the poorest of Californians and efforts to improve public health.”

Lessons from Wildfires, Mudslides, Floods Top Agenda at California Hospital Disaster Planning Conference

PASADENA (September 10, 2019) – From wildfires and earthquakes to floods and mass shootings, what were once rare or infrequent events have now become regular occurrences in California. For California hospitals, disaster preparedness has become a way of life — because being prepared can literally mean the difference between life and death.

Recognizing the importance of learning from recent disasters and from one another, hospital and disaster response officials from across California have gathered in Pasadena to discuss hospital emergency preparedness in the Golden State.

More than 700 nurses, doctors, public health officials and disaster readiness experts are in attendance at the 2019 “Disaster Planning for California Hospitals” statewide conference, sponsored by the California Hospital Association (CHA). The two-day event, being held Sept. 10-11 at the Pasadena Conference Center is titled “The New Norm: Adjusting Our Strategies.”

“With every disaster that occurs lessons are learned, which in turn helps health care professionals and first-responders better prepare for the future,” said Mary Massey, CHA’s vice president of emergency management. “Hospitals devote extensive time and resources toward ensuring that patients, staff and visitors will be safe and well-cared for when disaster strikes. This unique conference brings together disaster preparedness experts from across the state to share best practices and real-world experiences that will benefit all Californians.”    

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.

“California’s hospitals want all of our state’s residents — regardless of their immigration status — to know that they should feel safe seeking care when they need it,” Coyle added. “There is a special trust between patients and those who care for them. Our doors are always open — and we will always remain safe havens for those who need our help.”

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:

  • “California’s hospitals deliver nearly 500,000 babies each year, but the care we provide to moms shouldn’t end when they take their newborns home. By helping moms in need, we are better able to ensure healthy parents and strong future generations.” – Carmela Coyle, President & CEO, California Hospital Association
  • “Nationally, about one in nine women experience symptoms of postpartum depression. This is a serious illness that can have lifelong negative effects on mothers and their children. That’s why investing in treatment and services is so important.” – Jessica Cruz, Executive Director, NAMI California
  • “With California’s longstanding focus on maternal health, it’s natural that the exceptional quality we provide in delivering babies be extended to mothers who need care post-delivery. In the past decade, California’s maternal mortality rate has declined by 68 percent; extending services for postpartum depression will enhance our work to keep moms safe.” – Robert Imhoff, President, Hospital Quality Institute
  • “True maternal health is not about delivering quality care at any point in time, but rather over a continuum of care that includes prenatal, perinatal, and postpartum. I’m grateful the state is recognizing the importance of securing services for mothers struggling with postpartum depression, a common condition that demands our attention as we work to help mothers and babies.” – Dr. Elliott Main, Medical Director, California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative

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.”

Governor’s Revised State Budget Makes Important Coverage Investments, But Fails to Include Vital Medi-Cal Funding

SACRAMENTO (May 9, 2019) — Gov. Gavin Newsom’s revised 2019-20 state budget makes many important investments to improve the health and well-being of all Californians including:

  • Ongoing support for expanding Medi-Cal coverage to young adults through age 25, regardless of immigration status

  • A deeper and broader expansion of premium subsidies to make coverage more affordable for low- and middle-income families

  • Continued support for imposing a state-level individual mandate for obtaining coverage

  • Significant investments in behavioral health

“Having access to health care is as essential as food, water and air, regardless of where you are born,” said Carmela Coyle, President & CEO of the California Hospital Association. “We applaud the Governor’s continued work toward ensuring that all Californians have access to the health care they need when they need it.”  

At the same time, Coyle added, the revised budget proposal fails to include important, voter-approved Proposition 55 funding for the Medi-Cal program.

“When Proposition 55 was enacted in 2016, it was with the explicit promise to voters that up to $2 billion a year would be used to strengthen access to care for children and families covered by Medi-Cal,” Coyle said. “Yet, despite a $21.5 billion surplus, the Governor’s revised budget doesn’t include any of this funding. Legislators can — and must — do better for our kids and families.”   

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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