Join Mayor Lee and other California Mayors For A Day Of Action To Preserve The Affordable Care Act

ince the Affordable Care Act was passed in 2010, California residents have benefited in staggering numbers. As a result of the ACA, more than 5 million Californians have access to healthcare, some $20 billion has been infused into the state’s healthcare system, and statewide, our uninsured rates have dropped to historic lows — from more than 17 percent to nearly 7 percent.

As Mayors from across the state, we are proud to be among the California cities that supported the ACA from its inception, and we are uniting together in support of this landmark law.

Prior to the passage of the ACA, insurance companies could deny coverage to residents who suffered from cancer, HIV or depression. Simply being a woman could result in more expensive insurance rates.

Previously, health insurance providers offered a patchwork of benefits, with no national standard for quality. We lacked annual caps on out-of-pocket expenses, and exorbitant healthcare costs were a leading factor in personal bankruptcies. The ACA helped set new standards for comprehensive insurance products and protections against catastrophic costs.

If the ACA is repealed without a substantive replacement, public and private hospitals will suffer, local government costs will increase, and of course, our residents will lose quality coverage.

Despite the prospect of those devastating consequences, some California Congressional members remain intent on dismantling the law to the detriment of California’s economy and our residents’ health and well-being.

Tomorrow, February 22, is a nationwide Mayors’ Day of Action on healthcare and the ACA. We are asking you to join us as we urge those members of Congress to support access to healthcare for all. Help us protect the progress we have made on healthcare access.

We’ll be hosting a virtual phone bank, where residents can seek out contact information for California’s Congressional Representatives. That virtual phone bank can be accessed at bit.ly/2lDvQVB.

We must remind our delegates that their votes affect us and that we are all in this together. Congressional Representatives who undermine the ACA are not only voting against the health of their constituents, but the health of all Californians.

When we work together, Californians can accomplish great feats. We’re confident that standing together, we can save the ACA.

Edwin M. Lee
Mayor of San Francisco

Carol Dutra-Vernaci
Mayor of Union City

Christopher Cabaldon
Mayor of West Sacramento

Eric Garcetti
Mayor of Los Angeles

Helene Schneider
Mayor of Santa Barbara

Libby Schaaf
Mayor of Oakland

Robb Davis
Mayor City of Davis

Sam Liccardo
Mayor of San Jose

#Health4All Today! Facebook Live with Immigration Attorneys!

TODAY, February 21 at 6pm (PT) we're going LIVE on FB & Instagram to answer your questions about immigration with UndocuMediaSons and Brothers, and The California Endowment

Immigration attorneys Rebecca Medina, and Salomon Zavala, as well as Iván Ceja & Justino Mora of UnDocumedia will be available to answer your questions about Executive Orders, the redefinition of "Criminal" within the immigration system, #KnowYourRights & any other questions you might have. There will be English and Spanish question and answer sessions. Please find the event and registration details below. Stay informed! #StayLoud!

REGISTER: HERE

SUBJECT: Facebook Live with Immigration Attorneys

Q&A in English at 6:00 PM (PT) 
Q&A in Spanish at 6:30 PM (PT)

DATE: Tuesday, February 21, 2017

TIME: English 6:00pm - 6:30pm / Spanish 6:30pm - 7:00pm

PANEL:

Ivan Ceja, UndocuMedia

Justino Mora, UndocuMedia

Attorney Rebecca Medina, Law Offices of Attorney Rebecca Medina

Attorney Salomon Zavala, Ollin Law

CHANNELS:

California Endowment, Facebook

Sons & Brothers, Facebook & Instagram

UndocuMedia, Facebook & Instagram
 

Sincerely,

The #Health4All Team
Health4Allca.org

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Women's Community Clinic Now a Healthy San Francisco site!

As with all SFCCC member clinics, Women's Community Clinic continues to help people enroll in health care coverage through Covered California, Medi-Cal and other programs. For those not eligible for federally funded programs, Healthy San Francisco is available to offer access to care.  You can now sign up for Healthy San Francisco at Women's Community Clinic: Call415-820-7380 to make an enrollment appointment.

Training for Millenials on Advocating for Health Care Coverage

Young Invincibles is a national organization working to engage young adults on issues such as higher education, health care, and jobs. They are launching a new monthly activist bootcamp series and the first training, which will focus on protecting Millennials’ health care, is scheduled for this upcoming Wednesday, February 15th at 5pm ET.

From Young Invincibles:

Never been to a town hall? Don't know what questions to ask your member of Congress? Can’t make it to an in-person event and need support to take action online or over the phone? No worries! We've got you covered. This training will provide you the information and tools you need to resist efforts to drive up health care costs and take coverage away from tens of millions of people.

 

Our efforts this month are absolutely critical to protecting health care for our generation. Whether your member of Congress is working hard to protect health care or they want to go back to the days of insurance companies calling the shots, they need to hear from you.

 

RSVP here to join next week's training.

 

 

 

 

 

SFCCC Is Accepting Applications for a Bilingual Outreach Worker

Join our successful team as we help homeless people to connect to health care.

Street Outreach Services (SOS)

Street Outreach Services (SOS) is the mobile outreach component of SFCCC’s Health Care for the Homeless (HCH) program.  SOS provides high quality, non-judgmental health services directly to homeless people in places where they live and congregate.  Traveling in a medical van to sites throughout San Francisco, the SOS team of doctors, nurses, outreach workers, students, and volunteers creates “clinics without walls,” at locations where homeless people live and congregate, e.g., at soup kitchens, on city streets, in parks, and under freeways.  SOS provides urgent medical care, health education, and linkages to primary care and other needed services. 

 The SOS Outreach Worker will operate outreach vehicles and provide outreach services to homeless persons and their companion animals in San Francisco.  A 2-year commitment is preferred.

 

For more details please see:

 

http://sfbay.craigslist.org/sfc/hea/5952452133.html

SFDPH and SFCCC Re-Affirm Dedication to Serving all those in Need of Care

  

See below for letter from Barbara Garcia, Director of Health, San Francisco Department of Public Health

 

 

City and County of San Francisco

Edwin M. Lee

Mayor

San Francisco Department of Public Health

Barbara A. Garcia, MPA

Director of Health

 

27 January 2017

 

To: All DPH Staff and Community Partners

From: Barbara Garcia, Director of Health

Re: Re-Affirming Immigrant Access to Care in San Francisco

 

Some of you may have heard that there was a concerning incident yesterday, when agents from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) appeared at Good Samaritan Family Resource Center in the Mission District.  According to news reports, immigration officials said it was not a raid, but that they were attempting to find a convicted sex offender wanted for deportation at an address nearby.

We don’t know all the details of what happened, and why. But we do know that the visit was very rattling to the staff at Good Samaritan and to the broader community based organizations and immigrant community. Coming on the heels of President Trump signing executive orders to set in motion building a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border and to strip federal funding from sanctuary cities, this brief visit by ICE sounds an alarm for many members of our community.

At the Health Department, our mission has not changed. We are dedicated to serving all those in need of care, without regard to immigration or insurance status. The Mayor has pledged that San Francisco always will be a sanctuary city.

We are working with community organizations, the Mayor’s office and other city agencies to ensure that all San Franciscans, including immigrants, continue to access services in their communities. We are consulting with the City Attorney to make sure we have the strongest legal advice moving forward.

Please help us get the message out to all providers in the community. Share this information, especially with staff in the community clinics. We will continue to provide updates as more information becomes available. 

We will be collecting your questions and concerns and continuing to support you. Please refer any questions to post-election@sfdph.org

Thank you for all you do every day for our community.

Barbara A. Garcia

 

 

 

City and County of San Francisco

Edwin M. Lee

Mayor

San Francisco Department of Public Health

Barbara A. Garcia, MPA

Director of Health

 

27 January 2017

 

To: All DPH Staff and Community Partners

From: Barbara Garcia, Director of Health

Re: Re-Affirming Immigrant Access to Care in San Francisco

 

Some of you may have heard that there was a concerning incident yesterday, when agents from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) appeared at Good Samaritan Family Resource Center in the Mission District.  According to news reports, immigration officials said it was not a raid, but that they were attempting to find a convicted sex offender wanted for deportation at an address nearby.

We don’t know all the details of what happened, and why. But we do know that the visit was very rattling to the staff at Good Samaritan and to the broader community based organizations and immigrant community. Coming on the heels of President Trump signing executive orders to set in motion building a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border and to strip federal funding from sanctuary cities, this brief visit by ICE sounds an alarm for many members of our community.

At the Health Department, our mission has not changed. We are dedicated to serving all those in need of care, without regard to immigration or insurance status. The Mayor has pledged that San Francisco always will be a sanctuary city.

We are working with community organizations, the Mayor’s office and other city agencies to ensure that all San Franciscans, including immigrants, continue to access services in their communities. We are consulting with the City Attorney to make sure we have the strongest legal advice moving forward.

Please help us get the message out to all providers in the community. Share this information, especially with staff in the community clinics. We will continue to provide updates as more information becomes available. 

We will be collecting your questions and concerns and continuing to support you. Please refer any questions to post-election@sfdph.org

Thank you for all you do every day for our community.

Barbara A. Garcia

 

 

 

City and County of San Francisco

Edwin M. Lee

Mayor

San Francisco Department of Public Health

Barbara A. Garcia, MPA

Director of Health

 

27 January 2017

 

To: All DPH Staff and Community Partners

From: Barbara Garcia, Director of Health

Re: Re-Affirming Immigrant Access to Care in San Francisco

 

Some of you may have heard that there was a concerning incident yesterday, when agents from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) appeared at Good Samaritan Family Resource Center in the Mission District.  According to news reports, immigration officials said it was not a raid, but that they were attempting to find a convicted sex offender wanted for deportation at an address nearby.

We don’t know all the details of what happened, and why. But we do know that the visit was very rattling to the staff at Good Samaritan and to the broader community based organizations and immigrant community. Coming on the heels of President Trump signing executive orders to set in motion building a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border and to strip federal funding from sanctuary cities, this brief visit by ICE sounds an alarm for many members of our community.

At the Health Department, our mission has not changed. We are dedicated to serving all those in need of care, without regard to immigration or insurance status. The Mayor has pledged that San Francisco always will be a sanctuary city.

We are working with community organizations, the Mayor’s office and other city agencies to ensure that all San Franciscans, including immigrants, continue to access services in their communities. We are consulting with the City Attorney to make sure we have the strongest legal advice moving forward.

Please help us get the message out to all providers in the community. Share this information, especially with staff in the community clinics. We will continue to provide updates as more information becomes available. 

We will be collecting your questions and concerns and continuing to support you. Please refer any questions to post-election@sfdph.org

Thank you for all you do every day for our community.

Barbara A. Garcia

 

 

 

City and County of San Francisco

Edwin M. Lee

Mayor

San Francisco Department of Public Health

Barbara A. Garcia, MPA

Director of Health

 

27 January 2017

 

To: All DPH Staff and Community Partners

From: Barbara Garcia, Director of Health

Re: Re-Affirming Immigrant Access to Care in San Francisco

 

Some of you may have heard that there was a concerning incident yesterday, when agents from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) appeared at Good Samaritan Family Resource Center in the Mission District.  According to news reports, immigration officials said it was not a raid, but that they were attempting to find a convicted sex offender wanted for deportation at an address nearby.

We don’t know all the details of what happened, and why. But we do know that the visit was very rattling to the staff at Good Samaritan and to the broader community based organizations and immigrant community. Coming on the heels of President Trump signing executive orders to set in motion building a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border and to strip federal funding from sanctuary cities, this brief visit by ICE sounds an alarm for many members of our community.

At the Health Department, our mission has not changed. We are dedicated to serving all those in need of care, without regard to immigration or insurance status. The Mayor has pledged that San Francisco always will be a sanctuary city.

We are working with community organizations, the Mayor’s office and other city agencies to ensure that all San Franciscans, including immigrants, continue to access services in their communities. We are consulting with the City Attorney to make sure we have the strongest legal advice moving forward.

Please help us get the message out to all providers in the community. Share this information, especially with staff in the community clinics. We will continue to provide updates as more information becomes available. 

We will be collecting your questions and concerns and continuing to support you. Please refer any questions to post-election@sfdph.org

Thank you for all you do every day for our community.

Barbara A. Garcia

 

 

 

City and County of San Francisco

Edwin M. Lee

Mayor

San Francisco Department of Public Health

Barbara A. Garcia, MPA

Director of Health

 

27 January 2017

 

To: All DPH Staff and Community Partners

From: Barbara Garcia, Director of Health

Re: Re-Affirming Immigrant Access to Care in San Francisco

 

Some of you may have heard that there was a concerning incident yesterday, when agents from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) appeared at Good Samaritan Family Resource Center in the Mission District.  According to news reports, immigration officials said it was not a raid, but that they were attempting to find a convicted sex offender wanted for deportation at an address nearby.

We don’t know all the details of what happened, and why. But we do know that the visit was very rattling to the staff at Good Samaritan and to the broader community based organizations and immigrant community. Coming on the heels of President Trump signing executive orders to set in motion building a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border and to strip federal funding from sanctuary cities, this brief visit by ICE sounds an alarm for many members of our community.

At the Health Department, our mission has not changed. We are dedicated to serving all those in need of care, without regard to immigration or insurance status. The Mayor has pledged that San Francisco always will be a sanctuary city.

We are working with community organizations, the Mayor’s office and other city agencies to ensure that all San Franciscans, including immigrants, continue to access services in their communities. We are consulting with the City Attorney to make sure we have the strongest legal advice moving forward.

Please help us get the message out to all providers in the community. Share this information, especially with staff in the community clinics. We will continue to provide updates as more information becomes available. 

We will be collecting your questions and concerns and continuing to support you. Please refer any questions to post-election@sfdph.org

Thank you for all you do every day for our community.

Barbara A. Garcia

National Immigration Law Center Offers Webinar on Threats to Immigrants

Join NILC and other advocates tomorrow, Thursday, January 26, from 1 to 2 p.m. Pacific/4 to 5 p.m. Eastern Time to discuss Trump’s executive orders on immigration and how they may be resisted.  We will be covering:
 
• Threats to take funds away from “sanctuary” cities.
• A vastly expanded immigration enforcement regime that includes the return of S-Comm and new enforcement priorities.
• Suspending visas for people from majority-Muslim countries and suspending refugee admissions.
Border militarization issues, including the construction of a border wall.
• The future of the DACA program.

To register for the webinar, complete and submit this online form:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4256183503096683009.

Message from Covered California: One Week Left to Enroll!

Note: Medi-Cal is open all year round: this message is about Covered California only:

ONE WEEK LEFT to enroll in health care coverage for 2017!

Having health insurance in place to help cover the cost of ‘life’s unexpected moments’ provides financial protection for you and your family and will give you peace of mind knowing you'll have it when you need it!

Need Help?

NOTE: We know there is a lot of discussion in the media about the recent federal election, but rest assured, Covered California is still here for you. We encourage you to enroll in a plan that best fits your health care needs and to avoid the penalty, which will still be in effect for 2017. Once enrolled, financial assistance and rates will not be affected for 2017 coverage. We will keep you informed of any changes in the future.
 

Patients at Rally on MLK Weekend Tell Compelling Stories of How the ACA Has Saved Lives

While Congress took preliminary steps to repeal aspects of the Affordable Care Act without a new plan to protect millions of Americans, including those with pre-existing conditions,  a rally held at San Francisco City Hall on Sunday January 15, 2017 focused on the impact on patients.   A single mom spoke about getting cancer treatments that kept her alive and able to care for her child when she received an ovarian cancer diagnosis in her early 40's.  Another mother spoke about her son, a previously healthy medical student, who had a stroke at age 25 and would not have received life saving treatment without the ACA provision that allowed her to keep him on her insurance.

 

 

Governor's Proposed Budget Preserves Medi-Cal

Governor Brown released his proposed budget for 2017-18 yesterday.  In the midst of uncertainty about Federal funding for the Affordable Care Act and the Medicaid program, Governor Brown chose to stand firm about maintaining California's Medi-Cal expansion and the relatively new state funded Medi-Cal coverage for undocumented children.

While we applaud this signal that California will try to maintain the progress in health coverage for Californians we recognize that by the time of the Governor's May revision of the budget,  changes in the Federal situation could lead to unfortunate changes in the Governor's forecast.

For now, our duty is to continue to let our policy makers know that we cannot go back on the gains in health coverage.  To keep up to date and weigh in on important news about budget and policy matters that impact the state of health care in California, please join California Health +Advocates: 

http://capca.nationbuilder.com/become_an_advocate

Covered California Extends Deadline for February 1 coverage!

Covered California announced today that they are extending the key enrollment deadline for consumers who want their coverage to start on February 1, 2017! Consumers have until midnight on Friday, January 20 to enroll in coverage that will start on February 1.

Please go to www.coveredca.com for more information.

Also, please note that Consumers have until January 31, 2017 to enroll in coverage that begins March 1, 2017.  Medi-Cal is always open for enrollment.

 

Governor Brown's Proposed Budget to be Released Soon. Become an Advocate!

Happy New Year!  One of the first important events in the health policy world in the new year will be the release of the Governor's Proposed Budget on or before January 10, 2017.  Since Federal funds comprise over one-third of California's state budget, Governor Brown and his staff are in the unenviable position of trying to predict what the President-Elect will do with critical programs. According to the California Budget Project (see below)  more than seven in ten Federal dollars spent through the State budget support health and human services.

For an excellent overview of the California State Budget Process, please see http://calbudgetcenter.org/wp-content/uploads/Dollars-and-Democracy_A-Guide-to-the-State-Budget-Process-12.2016.pdf from our colleagues at the California Budget Project.

To keep up to date and weigh in on important news about budget and policy matters that impact the state of health care in California, please join California Health +
Advocates:  http://capca.nationbuilder.com/become_an_advocate

 

 

Surgeon General Warns Against E-Cigarettes for Youth

In the first Surgeon General's report on E-cigarettes, the U.S. Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy characterized e cigarettes use by youth as an " emerging public health threat affecting our country". 

The Surgeon General states that "Scientists are still learning more about how e-cigarettes affect health. However, there is already enough evidence to justify efforts to prevent e-cigarette use by young people." and "Because most tobacco use starts during adolescence, actions to protect our nation's young people from a lifetime of nicotine addiction are critical."

To read more, please go tohttps://e-cigarettes.surgeongeneral.gov/.

 

 

 

KQED Features SFCCC's SOS/VetSOS program!

KQED's Brittany Hosea-Small visited our VetSOS mobile clinic recently and wrote a wonderful article on the services VetSOS provides. Reprinted with permission.

The saying “dogs are a man’s best friend” is just a phrase, but to those living on the streets and battling housing insecurity, it can be the honest truth. For people who are contending with homelessness, their companion animals are the world to them. They are their family, their children and their sense of security. But getting proper medical care for their animals can often be even harder than getting it for themselves.

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Two Paws Up for Banfield Foundation

 

Vet SOS was recently selected as a recipient of another generous grant from the Banfield Foundation. This one is a Veterinary Assistance Grant, which provides financial and product support to non-profit organizations (like us!) to fund veterinary care programs for low-income pet owners. It makes our tails wag that they like taking care of the companion animals of homeless San Franciscans year after year- just like we do!

The DA's hate crime hotline number is (415) 551-9595.

In the wake of several incidents that appear to be hate crimes in the weeks since the national election, San Francisco District Attorney Gascon is re-emphasizing the need to report all hate crimes.

The DA's hate crime hotline number is (415) 551-9595.

The Human Rights Commission can be reached at (415) 252-2500.

People may contact the police department anonymously by calling (415) 575-4444 or by texting TIP411. Type SFPD in the subject line. Officials reminded people that emergencies should still be reported to 911.