SFCCC VET SOS Program Receives Generous Foundation Funds in December

SFCCC staff, patients, and companion animals are thankful for several foundations who contributed to the work of VET SOS recently.    These generous grants will allow our SOS/VET SOS team to continue to work with vulnerable San Franciscans to help them with the health of their animals and their own health. 

We thank:

Thornton S. Glide Jr. and Katrina D. Glide Foundation:

North East Medical Foundation:

Gilbert-Wroten Fund:

Important Enrollment Dates

Due To Strong Demand, Covered California Extends Deadlines For Plans Starting Jan. 1 : The number of new consumers signing up for coverage remains ahead of last year’s pace, with more than 38,000 selecting a plan during the past three days.

To sign up for Covered California health care coverage that will begin on Jan. 1. consumers now have until the end of Dec. 22.  Open enrollment in California ends Jan. 31  and enrollment in Medi-Cal is always open. 

Press Conference Re: Health Center Funding Cliff

WHAT: Health center leaders will discuss the dire need for Congress to reauthorize federal health center funding by Jan. 1, 2018 for health centers to continue providing critical access to primary medical, dental and behavioral health care to more than 27 million patients across the nation. Already health centers are experiencing challenges due to the funding cliff that took effect on October 1.   Some health centers are now facing site closures, workforce reductions and elimination of vital services to patients. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has projected that the national impact of the loss of funding will close 2,800 health center locations, eliminate more than 50,000 jobs, and result in loss of access to care for more than 9 million patients.

WHO: Ross Brooks, CEO, Mountain Family Health Centers, Glenwood Springs, CO; Lolita A. Lopez, President & CEO, Westside Family Healthcare, Wilmington, DE; Heather A. Pelletier, Executive Director, Fish River Rural Health, Eagle Lake, ME; Jana Eubank, Associate Vice President, Public Policy and Research, NACHC

WHEN: Monday, December 18, 9 AM  PST

WHERE: Conference call U.S. Toll Free: 800-875-3456 Verbal Passcode (to be given to the operator): NACHC

Contact Amy Simmons Farber, Communications Director, NACHC at asimmons@nachc.org or 301-347-0400 (work) 202-309-0338 (mobile) for more information.  Speaker biographies are available.

U.S. Senators and Patients Urge Funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program

Livestream youtube link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=47vXMByzoaI

 

 

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Bob Casey (D-PA), and Mazie Hirono (D-HI) urge Congress to immediately act and extend funding for the Children’s Health Insurance program, which serves nine million children across the country, and community health centers, which serve 26 million patients. Federal funding for both of these programs ran out on September 30th.

 

The Senators will be joined by Connie Cavara, a mother and nurse from Pittsburgh, PA, whose children receive medical care through the Children’s Health Insurance Program as well as Kymberly Renee Grafton, a Naval Reserves veteran who receives health care for a disability at Unity Healthcare, a community health center in Washington, D.C.

The Federal Budget and Community Health Center Funding

SFCCC and our colleagues throughout the country have been working  with our elected officials to ensure that Congress renews the 70% of health centers’ federal grant funding that officially expired at the end of September ( referred to as the "fiscal cliff". )

Yesterday, due to the threat of a government shutdown,  Congress passed a “Continuing Resolution” (CR) that extends government funding for two weeks. During these two weeks Congress has a long list of issues to address.   Federally Qualified Health Centers across the nation will continue to advocate for a long term fix to the "fiscal cliff."  Such a fix would likely be linked to an equally urgent need to extend CHIP, the extremely successful program to provide health insurance to children.

To stay on top of these developments, sign up at http://capca.nationbuilder.com/

Texting Campaign to Promote PrEP

The San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) is launching an automated PrEP text messaging service. Text “SFPREP” to 213-33 to receive personalized information about PrEP, a daily pill that prevents HIV.

 The goal of the campaign is to provide PrEP education, navigate common PrEP misconceptions and provide a personalized referral to a PrEP provider. This texting service aims to reduce disparities in new HIV diagnoses and will be targeted towards communities of color and trans women.

 For more information please contact Alison Hughes (alison.hughes@sfdph.org) or Hannah Brosnan (hannah.brosnan@sfdph.org).

Medi-Cal and Covered California Enrollment Event this Saturday, December 2, 2017


Covered California Enrollment Event

Covered California open enrollment for coverage in 2018 began on November 1, 2017, and runs through January 31, 2018.  Medi-Cal is open for enrollment all year long. 

Senator Scott Wiener, Assemblymember David Chiu  and Assemblymember Phil Ting invite you to an enrollment event, where you can get your questions answered, find out if you qualify for Medi-Cal or private insurance, and get enrolled with the assistance of a Certified Enroller.

Saturday, December 2, 2017
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

UC Hastings College of the Law
200 McAllister Street (enter through double doors located at 74 Hyde Street)
San Francisco, CA 94102

 

To RSVP, or if you have any questions, please call Senator Wiener's office at (415) 557-1300. If you are unable to attend, please visit Covered California's website where you can find a list of Certified Enrollers, storefronts, and other events where you can enroll and receive help in-person.

 

 

 

 

SFCCC Highlights the Need For Health Center Funding: Press Event November 16

 

November 15, 2017

Despite bi partisan support for Community Health Centers, 70% of the funds that support our Federally Qualified Health Centers, including our Health Care for the Homeless Program, officially ended as of 10/1/17.  We will be having a press event to bring attention to the important work that could go unfunded if Congress does not act quickly.  Click here  or see below to access details:

 

Please Join Us | 11.16.17 | 10 am | Save our Community Health Centers|  St. Anthony Foundation 150 Golden Gate Avenue, San Francisco, CA  94102

 The San Francisco Community Clinic Consortium, our twelve member clinics, and our Health Care for the Homeless Program have worked hard for decades to provide health care and other vital services for the City’s most vulnerable communities. With recent changes in healthcare funding that may put the lives of marginalized individuals at risk, SFCCC’s member health centers, which serve more than 10% of San Francisco’s population, are more important than ever. Please help draw attention to this threat by attending our press event, and help us provide a unified voice for medically underserved communities:

  

For more information, please call (415) 355-2262 or email dlahn@sfccc.org

SFCCC Highlights the Need For Health Center Funding: Press Event November 16

Despite bi partisan support for Community Health Centers, 70% of the funds that support our Federally Qualified Health Centers, including our Health Care for the Homeless Program, officially ended as of 10/1/17.  We will be having a press event to bring attention to the important work that could go unfunded if Congress does not act quickly.  Click here  or see below to access details:

 

Please Join Us | 11.16.17 | 10 am | Save our Community Health Centers|  St. Anthony Foundation 150 Golden Gate Avenue, San Francisco, CA  94102

 The San Francisco Community Clinic Consortium, our twelve member clinics, and our Health Care for the Homeless Program have worked hard for decades to provide health care and other vital services for the City’s most vulnerable communities. With recent changes in healthcare funding that may put the lives of marginalized individuals at risk, SFCCC’s member health centers, which serve more than 10% of San Francisco’s population, are more important than ever. Please help draw attention to this threat by attending our press event, and help us provide a unified voice for medically underserved communities:

  

For more information, please call (415) 355-2262 or email dlahn@sfccc.org.

 

 

 

 

Covered CA Enrollment opens today!

California has its own exchange and has chosen a longer open enrollment period than the Federal administration.  Covered CA (coveredca.com) is open for enrollment until January 31, 2018. However, if you want coverage beginning January 1, 2018, you must enroll by December 15, 2017.

 

Please note that if you are eligible for Medi-Cal, you can apply throughout the year.

 

There are many clinics and others who can assist you in applying for Medi-Cal, Covered California, or Healthy San Francisco. To find local help, enter your zipcode at https://apply.coveredca.com/hix/entity/locateassister/searchentities


 

Threatened by KRACK

A new security threat has been published this week that is catching people's attention. The threat is called Key Reinstallation Attack or KRACK. It is a vulnerability that attackers can use to eavesdrop on your WiFi connection and possibly even insert malicious software onto your computer, phone or tablet.

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Update on the Fiscal Funding Cliff

Unfortunately, September 30, 2017 came and went without a "fix" to the health center funding that has now expired.  Depending on the timing of individual grants, most health centers can get by with funding from last year through December, 2017 but it is difficult to makes strong financial decisions and continue to attract workers amid such uncertainty.    Nationally, HHS estimates that a failure to extend the Community Health Center Fund could result in a loss of access to care for some 9 million patients.

There have been signs of progress, but no resolution yet. On October 6, a bill in the House Energy and Commerce Committee held a mark up with 2-year extension of funding for community health centers. House Republican and Democratic Committee Chairmen have stated that they are still looking for a bipartisan agreement to fund the extension.

What health centers need is for the House and Senate to pass theCommunity Health Investment, Modernization and Excellence (CHIME) Act.  (S. 1899 in the Senate, H.R. 3770 in the House).  Thisbillwould extend funding for the program for five years, which is would provide the needed stability forhealth centers to continue to provide cost effective, life saving care for their communities.

 

 


 

Ask your Members of Congress to fix the health center funding cliff: Time is Running Out!

 

 

The horrible Graham Cassidy Bill is pulled for now: But we are reaching our deadline for Health Center Funding!!  There are only a few more days until the Health Center Funding Cliff takes affect and a 70% reduction to Health Center Program funding becomes a reality. So far, Congress has not prioritized fixing the Health Center Funding Cliff. The future of the Health Center Program depends on our advocacy!

While our particular legislators have been, and continue to be, supportive of us and our mission, we need to create a sense of urgency to act before September 30, 2017!  ACT NOW by posting on Facebook and Twitter to your Members of Congress. 

  #1: Ask Your Representative to Co-Sponsor H.R. 3770, the Community Health Investment, Modernization & Excellence (CHIME) Act of 2017, being sponsored by Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY).

  #2: If Your Representative Has Already Co-Sponsored H.R. 3770, let's show them how much we appreciate their support! Send them an email, tweet, and Facebook post.

Click http://actnow.io/tAn7VkN

  to send an email, Tweet or post on Facebook!

 

 

A Message from Nancy Pelosi Regarding the Graham-Cassidy Bill

URGENT: Repeal is back

 

Dear San Franciscan,

The zombie health care repeal proposal is back yet again. After numerous failures to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, the Republican Leadership in Congress has scheduled a vote on their Graham-Cassidy bill this week. It is my view that this worse-than-ever proposal is another heartless, cruel attempt to strip millions of hard-working families of affordable health care with: 

  • Higher costs, less coverage – forcing families to pay much higher out-of-pocket health care costs, including deductibles.
  • Key protections gutted for people with pre-existing conditions, destroys essential health benefits, and reinstates the dreaded lifetime and annual limits on care.
  • A crushing age tax, exposing older Americans to higher premiums than what others pay for health coverage, no matter how healthy they are.
  • Stealing from Medicaid by ransacking funds that seniors depend on to get the long-term care they need.

Instead of pushing their repeal bill, I believe the conservative Leadership in Congress should be working together on productive, bipartisan action to lower costs for all families. House Democrats will continue to fight with all our strength against these shocking and partisan attempts to rip away the promise of affordable quality health care.