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

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