Senate "Health Care" Bill released: Contains Devastating Medicaid cuts

Despite promises to create a "better" repeal and replace bill than the House version, the bill that Senate Republicans released today contains devastating Medicaid (Medi-Cal in California) cuts.  It slows the elimination of the Medicaid expansion, which delays the pain past the time when some legislators must face their constituents, but would still result in millions becoming uninsured.  The Medicaid program would be capped or block granted to the states, and the rate of growth in this bill is lower than the health bill, and far lower than the reality of health care costs.  

 

What can you do?

Thank our Senators Feinstein and Harris and our Representatives Nancy Pelosi and Jackie Speier for continuing to stand up for the Health of all Americans.

Contact friends, relatives and colleagues in Republican Senatorial Districts and House districts (since the bill will need to be reconciled with the House) and ask them to contact their Republican members to remind them that the health of people in their district will be impacted by this bill.

Write down your story or the story of patients you know and send it to dlahn@sfccc.org.  Our Senators need these stories to defend Medicaid and therefore keep community clinics thriving. 

The picture here ( (Photo: Screenshot/CNBC)  is of protesters with disabilities being carried away from Senator Mitch McConnell's office hallway.

No Sunlight on Senate Health Bill

A small group of Republican Senators are reportedly putting together a Senate Version of the repeal and replace of the Affordable Care Act.  Although they are trying to take a vote on it before the July 4 recess, they are keeping the details carefully guarded, not even sharing information with fellow Senators.  It is likely, however, that it will provide a devastating blow to Medicaid and therefore to the patients we serve. 

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities has put together a chart based on predictions about the Senate Bill.  http://www.cbpp.org/research/health/tracking-reports-about-the-emerging-senate-bill-to-repeal-the-affordable-care-act.  The House version of the bill was so damaging that we run the risk of policymakers seeing it as a baseline.

What can you do?

Thank our Senators Feinstein and Harris for continuing to stand up for the health of all Americans.

Contact friends and colleagues in Republican Senatorial Districts and House districts (since the bill will need to be reconciled with the House) and ask them to contact their members.

Write down your story or the story of patients you know.  Our Senators need these stories to defend Medicaid and therefore keep community clinics thriving. 

 

 

 

This is Carly! Look for her on the van.

Carly:  " I majored in kinesiology at San Francisco State University, where I made a more concrete decision through volunteering and shadowing to study medicine. After I graduated from college I traveled to Peru with MEDLIFE to provide free medical care, education, and community development to individuals/families living in poverty.. I was previously working at a start-up as a medical scribe but was interested in obtaining more patient interaction, which is how I ended up at this fantastic place. "

New Faces on SOS/VET SOS Outreach Vans!

As some of our treasured staff depart SFCCC for medical school and public health graduate school, we welcome three new staff:  Carly Matsukuma, Sam Gilmore, and Brooke Wilson. We are excited to have such talented individuals working in our Health Care for the Homeless Program, Here is a little bit about them: Carly:  " I majored in kinesiology at San Francisco State University, where I made a more concrete decision through volunteering and shadowing to study medicine. After I graduated from college I traveled to Peru with MEDLIFE to provide free medical care, education, and community development to individuals/families living in poverty.. I was previously working at a start-up as a medical scribe but was interested in obtaining more patient interaction, which is how I ended up at this fantastic place. "

Sam:  I grew up in Ithaca, NY and went to school in Colorado, Florida and Sweden. Having worked in finance, law and business, I am pleased to be working in a field more aligned with my beliefs and values.  I came to SFCCC after volunteering at Most Holy Redeemer and meeting the SOS staff. My role at SFCCC is to travel in a medical van to sites throughout San Francisco, where the dedicated SOS team of doctors, nurses, outreach workers, and volunteers creates “clinics without walls” at soup kitchens, on city streets, under freeway overpasses, and in parks.

Brooke: I am the Street Outreach Services Coordinator. My role consists of coordinating medical clinics for both humans and animals to ensure that quality and appropriate healthcare is being provided for those in need.  I worked at the San Francisco SPCA for five years and became familiar with the Vet SOS program. When I heard about an opening at this organization that would involve working directly with both humans and their animal companions, I knew I had to jump at the opportunity.

 

 

 

 

American Health Care Act Would Have Terrible Consequences

 

 

Republicans in Congress voted on the American Health Care Act before the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office had time to provide an official “score” of the bill. That score came out yesterday and estimated that 23 million additional Americans will become uninsured over the next decade if the bill passed by the House goes into effect,

The bill allows states to decide whether to eliminate two consumer regulations put in place by the Affordable Care Act (ACA)  The ACA required insurance companies to cover those with pre-existing conditions, and required that all insurance plans cover essential health benefits, such as maternity and mental health. California may choose to keep those protections, but that will not protect Californians from the biggest impact of the American Health Care Act:

An additional 3.7 million previously uninsured adults in California became insured through the ACA’s Medi-Cal expansion.  Those people would gradually lose their coverage under the bill.   While a majority of California’s lawmakers would not want this to happen,  the huge amount of money that the Federal government is cutting out of the Medicaid budget ($884 billion) will force states to either raise taxes or make significant cuts.

American Health Care Act Passes - SFCCC Strongly Opposes this Bill.

On May 4, 2017 the House of Representatives voted to take health care away from millions of Americans by passing the American Health Care Act (AHCA).  This bill would do even more damage to health care for Americans than a previous version, which was estimated to result in a loss of health coverage for 24 million Americans. The bill continues the previous plan to defund the Medicaid program and adds new provisions threatening people with pre-existing conditions.

Fortunately, the bill now moves to the Senate where there are indications that our elected officials will take more time and more care.  We cannot accept the House's version as even a minimal baseline. Please note that while the bill purports to give States "options" it would result in so much less funding for California's Medicaid program, Medi-Cal , that people in our state would still be severely impacted.

In the months to come we need to keep our Senators informed about our concerns and thank them when they speak up.  If the Senate passes a bill, it will then be reconciled with the House version.  San Francisco's CongresswomenPelosi and Speier, have been strong voices AGAINST the cynical move represented by the AHCA, and our California Senators Dianne Feinstein and Kamila Harris, are expected to defend their constituents on this matter. It is important to thank those who stand with us, keep up the pressure, and educate people you know in other districts and states about the damage this bill would create. 

Every phone call, e-mail, post card, letter you write counts!  Elected officialsreview and tally each one of these with the staff providing a daily update. 

Please do not give up or become discouraged!

Please take action when you receive a request!

Please spread the word! 

Contact your federal representative

CONGRATULATIONS TO NATIVE AMERICAN HEALTH CENTER!

A founding member of SFCCC, Native American Health Center, has passed accreditation standards with the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) for the next three years.

"Accreditation gives NAHC's members, who are our first priority, peace of mind that they are receiving services from an an organization that performs at a certain standard."

(for the full press release or more information please go to www.nativehealth.org.  

#HealthForAll PSA

 

The Latino Coalition for a Healthy California released a new #HealthForAll Public Service Announcement this week that helps patients understand that despite their immigration status or financial means, they have healthcare options. The PSA is in Spanish with English subtitles. It can be viewed at  https://youtu.be/UU7A_tS1DzI

National Transgender HIV Testing Day is April 18, 2017.

In observance of National Transgender HIV Testing Day, Strut, a project of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, will be hosting a Trans HIV Testing event on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 from 2 PM to 5 PM. The Mobile Testing Unit (MTU) will be parked in front of Strut and will be providing HIV/STI testing.

Strut is located at 470 Castro Street San Francisco CA 94114

info@strutsf.org

 

 

American Health Care Act NOT Brought to a Vote in House of Representatives

With the hard work of our local legislative leaders and so many people who rallied, wrote, emailed, texted, and let their voices be heard, the threat of a bill that would have resulted in millions of Americans losing their comprehensive health coverage has failed to come up for a planned vote in the House of Representatives, because promoters of the bill knew it did not have the votes to pass.  Thank you to all!   #STAYLOUD.

Town Hall Meeting with Reps. Nancy Pelosi & Jackie Speier 3-25-17 Balboa High School

Town Hall Meeting with Reps. Nancy Pelosi & Jackie Speier

Please join Reps. Nancy Pelosi and Jackie Speier for a town hall meeting on Saturday, March 25th at 2:00 p.m. at Balboa High School in San Francisco.

Reps. Pelosi and Speier will discuss their work in Washington, D.C. and Democratic efforts to resist President Trump and Congressional Republicans' agenda to pass TrumpCare and push millions off their health coverage, to embolden polluters by dismantling environmental protections, to instill fear in immigrant communities, and to enact an immoral budget that fails to meet the needs of the American people.

Space is limited, and registration is required. Doors open at 1:15 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to wear t-shirts or bring signs opposing the Trump and Congressional Republican agenda.

Public transportation is strongly encouraged. Balboa High School is located  two blocks from the Balboa BART Station, and the following Muni lines are within two blocks of the school: street cars M, K & J; and bus routes 29, 43, 49, 54 & 8. There is limited street parking.

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday!

 

Saturday, March 25, 2017 from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM (PDT)

Balboa High School Auditorium
1000 Cayuga Avenue
(Enter Auditorium at corner of Onondaga & Otsego)
San Francisco, CA 94112

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House Republicans Propose Drastic Reductions in Health Coverage

Yesterday, the non partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released an analysis of the American Health Care Act, pieces of which have already passed out of two committees in the House of Representatives, but which has not been voted on by the full House or Senate.  According to the CBO analysis, if this plan was implemented, 14 million people nationally would lose their health coverage in 2018, increasing to 24 million in 2026.  This bill would be a major setback to our progress towards coverage for all, and SFCCC has and will continue to communicate our strong objections to the bill to our elected representatives. 

The Alliance for Boys and Men of Color Offers Webinar on Community Based Solutions to Heal Trauma

Expanding Community-based Solutions to Heal Trauma

Wednesday, March 22, 2017
11:30 A.M. - 12:30 P.M. PT / 2:30 P.M. - 3:30 P.M. ET

Often, youth of color are punished in the classroom, workplace, penal system and in community for misunderstood behaviors that are natural responses to trauma. The Alliance for Boys and Men of Color invites you to a webinar that will discuss: 

  • the negative impacts youth and families of color experience when public systems neglect to use trauma-informed practices and upstream strategies to promote healing and prevent trauma in communities;
  • the uses and limitations of dominant social science research on trauma;
  • methodologies that meaningfully reflect the lives of the populations we serve; and
  • identifying behavioral responses to trauma and how to use that information to create policy and systems change that can address a misguided reliance on medication and the penal system, to heal people and communities. 

Please join us on March 22nd for this powerful discussion! 

Featured Speakers: 
Dalila Butler, PolicyLink (moderator) 
Kanwarpal Dhaliwal, RYSE

To register:

  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7344245472746611459