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.

SFCCC Welcomes API Wellness Center!

At the member's meeting of the San Francisco Community Clinic Consortium on November 16, 2016 San Francisco added its newest member: API Wellness Center. 

API Wellness Center is a fully-licensed, federally qualified health center (FQHC) serving people of color and the LGBTQ community. Their team provides respectful, compassionate health care that focuses on the patient as a whole person. The medical staff can connect to counseling, therapy, case management, and community services—everything you need to reach health, wellness, and equality.

API is open: M-T-W-F: 9:30 am – 6:00 pm, and Th: 11:00 am – 7:30 pm. Contact 415-292-3400 or theclinic@apiwellness.org to make an appointment.  API is located at 726 Polk Street.

LINK to Immigrant Rights Resources

We have long worked with organizations such as the National Immigration Law Center and the California Immigrant Policy Institute on issues of concern to our patients and staff at Community Health Centers.  Please go to:

 

https://www.nilc.org/get-involved/community-education-resources/know-your-rights/lawenf/

 

to print out "KNOW YOUR RIGHTS" cards. 

Give the Gift of Warmth!

SOS Winter Warmth Drive

The annual SOS winter warmth drive has started!

 

We’re collecting donations of new or gently used, clean coats in the SFCCC office through January 1st.  Hoodies, puffers, and/or water-proof are what’s requested most by clients.

 

And we’re fundraising to buy new socks and sleeping bags to give away all year long: https://igg.me/at/TkDCAMKak5o. Just a $5 donation can provide brand new socks to 3 people in need. A $30 donation can provide a brand new sleeping bag, so that one less person goes cold. 

 

Give the gift of warmth this holiday season!

More on Covered California Enrollment Deadlines

Medi-Cal and Healthy San Francisco are open for coverage all year long, but Covered California has an specific open enrollment period.  You can enroll in health care coverage for the new year until January 31, 2017, but in order to have coverage beginning January 1, 2017, you will need to enroll by December 15, 2016.

#Vota

The California Endowment has teamed up with the Latino Coalition for a Healthy California to produce a new Spanish language web video encouraging people to vote in this year’s election.    Please view and share this 30 second Spanish language web video:   (https://vimeo.com/187524174)

Join the Bay Area Medi-Cal 50 Years Anniversary Celebration!

When? Tuesday October 25, 2016 9:30 to 11:30 am

Where? Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital Front Courtyard 1001 Potrero Avenue, SF CA 94110

RSVP at http://tinyurl.com/BayAreaMediCal50

Questions? Contact BayAreaMediCal50th@gmail.com

Sponsored by The California Department of Health Care Services, San Francisco Health Plan,  Health Plan of San Mateo, and Health Access.