On October 1, 2013, as a Country, we began a new era in our national health care policy.
On October 1, the Affordable Care Act began its next stage of implementation to assure that all American Citizens have access to care. Not since the President and United States Congress established the Medicaid/Medi Cal and Medicare Programs in the mid 1960’s have we seen such an instrumental change. The Affordable Care Act, the visionary work of President Barack Obama and San Francisco’s own elected Congresswoman, The Honorable Nancy Pelosi will save the lives of millions of people who are living under the treachery of being uninsured.
While community health centers in San Francisco, California and across the country have offered services to over 23 million people, our focus has been primary care. With the passage and implementation of the ACA, patients will not have to worry about the devastating effects of huge hospital bills that have driven people into bankruptcy.
SFCCC is proud of the work of our elected officials and President to meet the SFCCC core beliefs that access to health care should be available to all people in neighborhood-based, culturally and linguistically competent setting. Each patient, regardless of age, race, primary language, sexual identification, gender identification, place of residence or income, deserves the right to have access to quality health care they can afford. SFCCC is proud to be a partner in this effort.John Gressman, President/CEO, San Francisco Community Clinic Consortium