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Community Health Centers’ Journey Through the Pandemic

Posted: June 17, 2021

LOS ANGELES – June 17, 2021 – CCALAC partnered with California Health Care Foundation to launch a series of reports that examines the financial challenges California’s FQHCs faced during the pandemic, how health centers adapted, and what policy changes are needed to stabilize FQHCs. 

The first report, “Holding On: How California’s Health Centers Adapted Operations and Care for Patients During the Pandemic,” identifies the strategies FQHCs used to mitigate financial losses and continue to serve patients.

In the second report, “The Pandemic’s Financial Impact on California’s Community Health Centers: Largest Centers Suffer Significant Losses,” an evaluation of whether the size, number of sites, payer mix, service mix, or location may have created a differential financial impact on specific groups of centers reveals that the largest health centers experienced the biggest losses.

The final report “Risky Business: California Health Centers Weakened by the COVID-19 Pandemic Prepare for the Future” summarizes policy options that have the potential to improve FQHC stability, address health equity, and ensure access to a broader range of services in the long term.

A bonus report examines FQHCs’ operational and financial trends prior to 2020. While patient numbers grew, median health center financial performance weakened. The COVID-19 pandemic only exacerbated the financial challenges health centers were already facing – underscoring the need for policy solutions to stabilize FQHCs so they can continue to play their vital role in providing care to Californians with low incomes.

Access the full collection of reports here

THE COMMUNITY CLINIC ASSOCIATION OF LOS ANGELES COUNTY (CCALAC) is the largest regional association of community clinics and health centers in California. Founded in 1994, CCALAC has 64 members that serve nearly 1.7 million patients throughout LA County. CCALAC is dedicated to serving and representing the interests of its member clinics as providers of quality health care, including medical, dental and pharmacy services. For more information about CCALAC, visit www.ccalac.org or call (213) 201-6500.

Contact: Taryn Burks – Communications Specialist, (213) 201-6529

Governor’s May Revise Charts a Path Forward for California’s Safety Net

Posted: May 14, 2021

LOS ANGELES – May 14, 2021 – Today, Governor Gavin Newsom released his revised May budget proposal which outlines the governor’s plan for allocating California’s historic $76 billion surplus and $27 billion in federal COVID-19 relief.

COVID-19 revealed inadequacies in our public health systems and laid bare persistent health disparities. We are pleased to see the governor is proposing investments to expand access to care and improve health equity, especially continued funding for Health4All with the expansion of Medi-Cal to income eligible individuals ages 60 and over, regardless of immigration status, next Spring. We are also encouraged by additional investments in transforming the Medi-Cal program under CalAIM, continued efforts to address homelessness, enhanced funding for mental health and substance use disorder services, additional investments in strengthening the state’s health care workforce by building a more comprehensive state data system to inform policy recommendations, significant investments in early childhood education, and steps to expand access to broadband to help bridge the digital divide.

We appreciate that the administration’s Medi-Cal telehealth proposal continues to evolve to better reflect the needs of both patients and the safety net providers who serve them. We are encouraged to see developments with regard to telephonic (audio) visits; however, we continue to maintain that payment parity for such visits is essential while we work to address the barriers that prevent many patients from utilizing video modalities. We look forward to continued collaboration with the legislature and the administration to ensure equity across payers and delivery systems and to make certain health center patients are able to use both video and telephone modalities to access health care services.

California faces an extraordinary opportunity with this budget to lay a foundation to address the health, economic, and racial inequities that were exacerbated by the pandemic. As California recovers, we support the Governor in taking ambitious steps to improve critical services and programs—such as education, housing, nutrition and childcare—that we know are key to reducing disparities and improving the well-being of our communities. We look forward to working with the legislature and the administration to advance the priorities of our member clinics and the patients and families they serve.

THE COMMUNITY CLINIC ASSOCIATION OF LOS ANGELES COUNTY (CCALAC) is the largest regional association of community clinics and health centers in California. Founded in 1994, CCALAC has 64 members that serve nearly 1.7 million patients throughout LA County. CCALAC is dedicated to serving and representing the interests of its member clinics as providers of quality health care, including medical, dental and pharmacy services. For more information about CCALAC, visit www.ccalac.org or call (213) 201-6500.

Contact: Taryn Burks – Communications Specialist, (213) 201-6529.

American Rescue Plan Invests $6 Billion into Community Health Centers

Posted: March 25, 2021

Health centers today received exciting news: the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announced over $6 billion in funding to community health centers (CHCs) nationwide under the American Rescue Plan. 56 FQHC 330 grantee organizations in Los Angeles will receive more than $267 million in funding.

According to whitehouse.gov, the $6 billion investment into CHCs will expand COVID-19 vaccinations, testing, and treatment for vulnerable populations; deliver preventive and primary health care services to people at higher risk for COVID-19; and expand health centers’ operational capacity during the pandemic and beyond, including modifying and improving physical infrastructure and adding mobile units.

These one-time, two-year funds couldn’t come at a more critical time. Recent analysis by Capitol Link found that from April to December 2020, California’s health centers experienced $1.4 billion in lost revenue and COVID-related costs. The American Rescue Plan funds will be an essential bridge to help health centers through the pandemic.

HRSA will provide funding starting in April. LA community clinics are on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic, caring for the county’s most impacted communities. CHCs serve 1.7 million patients annually, 80% of whom are low income. Nearly 75,000 patients experience homelessness and 94% are publicly insured or uninsured. CCALAC applauds the Biden Administration for this vital investment into CHCs.

THE COMMUNITY CLINIC ASSOCIATION OF LOS ANGELES COUNTY (CCALAC) is the largest regional association of community clinics and health centers in California. Founded in 1994, CCALAC has 64 members that serve nearly 1.7 million patients throughout LA County. CCALAC is dedicated to serving and representing the interests of its member clinics as providers of quality health care, including medical, dental and pharmacy services. For more information about CCALAC, visit www.ccalac.org or call (213) 201-6500.

Contact: Taryn Burks – Communications Specialist, (213) 201-6529.

CCALAC applauds President Biden’s Executive Order on Restoring Faith in Our Legal Immigration Systems

Posted: February 2, 2021

CCALAC applauds President Biden for taking swift action to begin overturning public charge. We are encouraged by today’s signed Executive Order, which officially begins the process of reviewing and eventually eliminating the harmful and unjust public charge rule implemented by the previous administration 

The public charge rule has created fear and reluctance for immigrants to access services, thus harming communities disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Immigrants, especially those serving as essential workers, must be able to access health care and other essential services to keep themselves, their families and their communities stay safe from COVID-19. During this unprecedented public health crisis, it is imperative to protect the health, safety, and well-being of communities hit hardest by the pandemic.  

The President’s swift action would not have been possible without the tireless efforts of coalition partners like the National Immigration Law Center, the Protecting Immigrant Families campaign, the California Immigrant Policy Center, and other immigrant rights advocates 

CCALAC remains committed to working with our partners to combat the chilling effect of the public charge rule to ensure everyone is able to access the resources and services they need, during this pandemic and beyond.    

THE COMMUNITY CLINIC ASSOCIATION OF LOS ANGELES COUNTY (CCALAC) is the largest regional association of community clinics and health centers in California. Founded in 1994, CCALAC has 64 members that serve nearly 1.7 million patients throughout LA County. CCALAC is dedicated to serving and representing the interests of its member clinics as providers of quality health care, including medical, dental and pharmacy services. For more information about CCALAC, visit www.ccalac.org or call (213) 201-6500.    

Contact: Taryn Burks – Communications Specialist, (213) 201-6529.

Community Health Centers and Cal State LA Create New Primary Care Provider Pipeline

Posted: January 12, 2021

LOS ANGELES—JAN. 12, 2021—The Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County (CCALAC), in partnership with the Chin Family Institute for Nursing (CFIN) at Cal State LA, have launched the Family Nurse Practitioner Community Care Residency Program. Under the program, newly licensed family nurse practitioners (FNPs) will receive post-graduate training at community health centers across Los Angeles.

FNPs are educated to provide high quality, community-based primary care to patient populations across the life span with complex health care needs. FNPs operate at a higher level of autonomy, and do not require the supervision of a physician. With California experiencing a major shortage of primary care physicians, CCALAC partnered with Cal State LA to develop a pipeline program specifically designed for community health centers. It is only the second FNP program in the County.

The 8-month program provides intensive training and on-the-job experience to FNP residents, while supporting the needs of health centers and their patients. The inaugural program cohort of nine residents is training at five community health centers in Los Angeles: Chinatown Service Center, Clínica Romero, Kedren Community Health Center, Universal Community Health Center and Via Care Community Health Center. Simultaneously, residents will receive didactic education in areas including population-based health, quality improvement and telehealth from Cal State LA’s top-ranked nursing faculty.

“FNPs are essential to our community clinic model. Along with helping meet the demand for healthcare services for low-income families in East Los Angeles, our family nurse practitioners assess not only the physical aspects of patient care, but also the mental and psychosocial needs as well. This is especially important for our patients that often face poverty and violence in addition to poor health. Via Care is extremely grateful and proud to be a part of this FNP community care residency program with CCALAC,” said Deborah Villar, CEO of Via Care Community Health Center.

“The Chin Family Institute for Nursing at Cal State LA is proud to be teaming with CCALAC to offer this post-graduate FNP residency to nine highly qualified newly licensed and nationally certified FNPs,” said Lorie H. Judson, Executive Director of Cal State LA’s CFIN. “This program will serve to hone and refine the skills these residents learned while in their respective graduate programs, preparing them to offer the best health care to the often underserved population. This endeavor exemplifies the purpose and mission of the Chin Family Institute for Nursing, which is to provide post graduate nursing education with an emphasis on health care for the underserved.”

Residents are recent graduates of Columbia University School of Nursing, North Park University in Chicago, Azusa Pacific University, Sonoma State, Johns Hopkins University, UCLA, UC San Francisco School of Nursing and Cal State LA. All are licensed FNPs who hold master’s or doctorate degrees in nursing and additional certification beyond a regular nursing degree. All wish to work with underserved populations.

“I want to be a family nurse practitioner who offers underserved communities the culturally competent care they need,” said Lisa Tran, a resident at Chinatown Service Center. “I am excited to learn from experienced clinicians who provide care and education at a community health clinic that serves the diverse Los Angeles County population. I want to be a provider that creates a safe space for marginalized communities to feel empowered to become an equal partner in their own care, something I wish was conveyed to my family.”

Once the program is complete in August, clinics may extend an employment offer to residents. “This is a win-win situation—we set new FNPs up for success and create a pipeline of qualified primary care providers within the community health center setting,” said CCALAC President and CEO Louise McCarthy.

The FNP Community Care Residency Program is generously supported by Kaiser Permanente and the California Area Health Education Center.

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About the Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County

The Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County (CCALAC) is the largest regional association of community clinics and health centers in California. Founded in 1994, CCALAC has 64 members that serve nearly 1.7 million patients throughout LA County. The majority of these patients live below the poverty line. CCALAC is dedicated to serving and representing the interests of its member clinics as providers of quality health care, including medical, dental and pharmacy services. For more information about CCALAC, visit www.ccalac.org or call (213) 201-6500.

About the Chin Family Institute for Nursing at Cal State LA

California State University, Los Angeles is the premier comprehensive public university in the heart of Los Angeles. Cal State LA is ranked number one in the United States for the upward mobility of its students. Cal State LA is dedicated to engagement, service, and the public good, offering nationally recognized programs in science, the arts, business, criminal justice, engineering, nursing, education, and the humanities. Founded in 1947, the University serves more than 26,000 students and has more than 250,000 distinguished alumni.

The Chin Family Institute for Nursing at Cal State LA was created as a result of a philanthropic gift by Drs. Patricia and William Chin in 2016. Dr. Patricia Chin was a professor and director of the now named Patricia A. Chin School of Nursing. The mission of the Chin Family Institute for Nursing focuses on the advancement of nursing education, advocacy, leadership, and action. The Institute serves as a center for nursing excellence with an emphasis on caring for diverse, underserved urban populations. For more information, visit www.CalStateLA.edu.

Media Contact

Taryn Burks, Communications Specialist
Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County
e: tburks@ccalac.org | t: (213) 201-6529

Amid COVID-19, New Nationwide Injunctions Halt Public Charge Rule, Protect Immigrant Communities 

Posted: July 30, 2020

July 30, 2020 — CCALAC cheers this week’s court ruling that will ensure immigrant communities access to critical services without fear of immigration consequences during the COVID-19 crisis. On Wednesday, the District Court for the Southern District of New York issued a temporary injunction blocking the Department of Homeland Security’s public charge rule for the duration of the COVID-19 emergency declaration. 

The public charge rule has created fear and reluctance for immigrants to access services, thus harming communities disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Immigrants, especially those serving as essential workers, must be able to access health care and other essential services to keep themselves, their families and their communities safe from COVID-19.   

The court’s ruling would not have happened without the tireless efforts of the immigrant rights attorneys who fight for our immigrant communities. We applaud the court’s decision and join our members, partners, friends and neighbors in celebrating this critical win that will help ensure immigrant communities remain safe and healthy during this public health crisis.   

The public charge rule will be blocked as long as the injunction remains in place. CCALAC remains committed to working with our partners to fight the public charge regulations and ensure everyone is able to access the resources and services they need, during this pandemic and beyond.   

THE COMMUNITY CLINIC ASSOCIATION OF LOS ANGELES COUNTY (CCALAC) is the largest regional association of community clinics and health centers in California. Founded in 1994, CCALAC has 64 members that serve nearly 1.7 million patients throughout LA County. CCALAC is dedicated to serving and representing the interests of its member clinics as providers of quality health care, including medical, dental and pharmacy services. For more information about CCALAC, visit www.ccalac.org or call (213) 201-6500.   

Contact: Joanne Preece, MPH – Director of Government & External Affairs, (213) 201-6515.  

  

  

  

 

 

State Budget Saves the Safety Net  

Posted: June 23, 2020

LOS ANGELES – June 23, 2020 – On Monday evening, California’s legislature and the Governor reached an agreement on the budget bill, which the Governor will sign by the end of the month. Monday’s budget agreement is the result of complex negotiations to close the state’s $54 billion budget shortfall due to COVID-19.  

The approved budget avoids cuts to health and social services for seniors and the working poor, preserving MediCal eligibility and benefits, and well as payments for MediCal providers. The budget also reinstates funds to offset the financial harm to health centers under the state’s 2021 transition of the MediCal pharmacy benefit. While this funding is critical, the pharmacy transition will still be a heavy lift for the state and health centers during an unprecedented time. 

This is not the end. The legislature will return in July to revisit the budget when the state’s financial picture is clearer. Health centers and advocates will push for issues not addressed in this budget, such as the continuation of reimbursement for telehealth and telephonic care in MediCal. Telehealth is crucial for health centers to safely serve our communities, protect our staff and keep our doors open. We are optimistic that the legislature will take up this and other issues to support.

California is in a precarious financial position, yet we cannot balance the budget at the expense of the safety net, especially not during a pandemic. Health centers will continue to push Congress for funding to states that will alleviate the need for drastic cuts to the safety net. We will also continue to work with the Administration and Legislature to advance our common goal of providing coverage for all, reducing health disparities, and improving the health of the population.   

THE COMMUNITY CLINIC ASSOCIATION OF LOS ANGELES COUNTY (CCALAC) is the largest regional association of community clinics and health centers in California. Founded in 1994, CCALAC has 64 members that serve nearly 1.7 million patients throughout LA County. CCALAC is dedicated to serving and representing the interests of its member clinics as providers of quality health care, including medical, dental and pharmacy services. For more information about CCALAC, visit www.ccalac.org or call (213) 201-6500.  

Contact: Joanne Preece, MPH – Director of Government & External Affairs, (213) 201-6515.  

Supreme Court Rejects Administration’s Attempt to End DACA Program

Posted: June 18, 2020

LOS ANGELES – June 18, 2020 – CCALAC celebrates today’s rejection by the U.S. Supreme Court of the administration’s termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. DACA has changed the lives of nearly 800,000 young people who have lived in the U.S. since childhood, allowing them to study and work in order to contribute to their families and communities.   

DACA recipients are vital members of our communities and workforce. According to the Department of Homeland Security, more than 200,000 DACA recipients are “essential critical infrastructure workers.” Health centers are proud employers of many DACA recipients who advance our commitment to provide comprehensive, high quality care to Los Angeles’ many diverse communities. The Supreme Court’s decision is consequential not only for DACA recipients and their families, but also for communities around the country as we struggle together to overcome an unprecedented public health crisis.  

There is more to be done to ensure the security and safety of our immigrant community members, but today we celebrate this major victory for our immigrant friends, neighbors, loved ones, and co-workers.   

THE COMMUNITY CLINIC ASSOCIATION OF LOS ANGELES COUNTY (CCALAC) is the largest regional association of community clinics and health centers in California. Founded in 1994, CCALAC has 64 members that serve nearly 1.7 million patients throughout LA County. CCALAC is dedicated to serving and representing the interests of its member clinics as providers of quality health care, including medical, dental and pharmacy services. For more information about CCALAC, visit www.ccalac.org or call (213) 201-6500. 

Contact: Joanne Preece, MPH – Director of Government & External Affairs, (213) 201-6515. 

Los Angeles Health Centers Receive Grants from Health Net to Expand Telehealth Services

Posted: May 6, 2020

LOS ANGELES – May 6, 2020 – Today Health Net awarded $13.4 million to California Medi-Cal providers to support the establishment and expansion of telehealth and telephonic services. Los Angeles County community health centers received $4.7 million to support telehealth implementation and expansion. We thank Health Net for taking the initiative to support safety net providers during this challenging time and helping to ensure essential care continues to be provided in our most vulnerable communities.

Community clinics and health centers clinics are on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic and face unprecedented challenges as they respond to this crisis. Health centers urgently need support as they adapt their operations so they can safely continue to provide high-quality care to their patients and communities. Almost two-thirds of clinic patients in Los Angeles are on Medi-Cal, and those numbers will only increase as this crisis wears on and people lose their jobs and their health insurance. The funding provided by Health Net will enable clinics to implement and expand much-needed telehealth capabilities so they can continue to serve those most in need.

We thank Health Net for its responsiveness to the needs of Medi-Cal providers and for more significantly increasing the amount of funding available through this grant opportunity to support safety net providers. The benefits of telehealth will extend beyond the COVID-19 crisis and will help mitigate other challenges our patients face in accessing health care services, including transportation, child care and time off work. CCALAC looks forward to supporting our members in implementing this much needed technology that will protect lives now and enhance access to services over the long-term.

THE COMMUNITY CLINIC ASSOCIATION OF LOS ANGELES COUNTY (CCALAC) is the largest regional association of community clinics and health centers in California. Founded in 1994, CCALAC has 65 members that serve nearly 1.7 million patients throughout LA County. CCALAC is dedicated to serving and representing the interests of its member clinics as providers of quality health care, including medical, dental and pharmacy services. For more information about CCALAC, visit www.ccalac.org or call (213) 201-6500.

Contact: Joanne Preece, MPH – Director of Government & External Affairs, (213) 201-6515.

GOVERNOR NEWSOM’S BUDGET PROVIDES PROMISING OUTLOOK FOR HEALTHCARE AND HOMELESSNESS

Posted: January 10, 2020

LOS ANGELES – January 10, 2020 – Today, California Gov. Gavin Newsom unveiled the 2020-21 state budget proposal totaling $222.2 billion, with resources allocated towards programs important to community health centers and the patients they serve.

We applaud the Governor for taking the bold step of allocating funding to expand health care coverage to California’s elders, regardless of immigration status. We are extremely pleased to see continued investments toward achieving the vision of health care for all Californians.

The resources for health centers to offset losses associated with the transition of the Medi-Cal pharmacy benefit are a promising first step toward making clinics whole. We look forward to continued engagement with the administration to ensure that last year’s pharmacy proposal does not harm safety net providers or their patients.

We are also encouraged to see investments in critically needed areas such as housing and homelessness, early childhood development, strengthening behavioral health, and efforts to transform the Medi-Cal program to better meet the needs of California’s diverse population. We look forward to engaging with the administration, the legislature, and our partners and stakeholders to advance our common goal of providing coverage for all, reducing health disparities, and improving the health of the population.

THE COMMUNITY CLINIC ASSOCIATION OF LOS ANGELES COUNTY (CCALAC) is the largest regional association of community clinics and health centers in California. Founded in 1994, CCALAC has 65 members that serve nearly 1.7 million patients throughout LA County. CCALAC is dedicated to serving and representing the interests of its member clinics as providers of quality health care, including medical, dental and pharmacy services. For more information about CCALAC, visit www.ccalac.org or call (213) 201-6500.

Contact: Joanne Preece, MPH – Director of Government & External Affairs, (213) 201-6515.

Clinics Decry Release of Official Public Charge Rule

Posted: August 13, 2019

LOS ANGELES – August 13, 2019 – Yesterday the Administration released its final “public charge” rule that would threaten the health and well-being of communities in California and beyond. The final regulation could prevent an immigrant from obtaining a “green card” if they have used certain health, nutrition or anti-poverty programs, such as Medi-Cal and CalFresh. The rule will force immigrant families to choose between accessing these critical support programs and keeping their families safe.

“The public charge rule will deter eligible immigrants from receiving critical services and supports, undermining the health and wellbeing of our communities,” said Louise McCarthy, President and CEO of the Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County (CCALAC). “It will force families to choose between their immigration status and putting food on the table. These essential programs help people out of poverty and create economic opportunity for low income communities.”

“LA’s clinics are committed to improving the health and wellbeing of all members of their communities, regardless of immigration status. We are confident that legal challenges will successfully block this rule from going into effect so patients can safely access services.”

CCALAC is a member of the Protecting Immigrant Families (PIF) Campaign and will continue to work with partners to resist any attacks on immigrant communities.

THE COMMUNITY CLINIC ASSOCIATION OF LOS ANGELES COUNTY (CCALAC) is the largest regional association of community clinics and health centers in California. Founded in 1994, CCALAC has 65 members that serve nearly 1.7 million patients throughout LA County. CCALAC is dedicated to serving and representing the interests of its member clinics as providers of quality health care, including medical, dental and pharmacy services. For more information about CCALAC, visit www.ccalac.org or call (213) 201-6500.

Your Birth Matters! Multi-Lingual Resources for Pregnant Women

Posted: August 8, 2019

by Beccah Rothschild, consultant to the California Health Care Foundation

Did you know that hospitals do a lot more C-sections now than ever before? In many cases, C-sections are life-saving and necessary. But, some hospitals are quicker to perform a C-section than others – even when they could have been avoided.

Why does this matter? It matters because if a woman has a C-section, there are more chances for complications, like infections and heavy blood loss. And, it’s major surgery, so it takes longer for the mom to heal.

To help new moms-to-be learn more about C-sections and how to have informed and meaningful conversations with their healthcare providers – including how to avoid one unless it’s absolutely needed – we recommend checking out the My Birth Matters campaign. The California Health Care Foundation, California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative, and Consumer Reports co-created it after one year of rigorous research and development — including input from key stakeholders such as CDPH and DHCS, and racially, economically, and geographically diverse pregnant women across California.

The My Birth Matters resources for pregnant women include:

  • The website, which gives women tips on talking to their doctor about their birth preferences, creating their birth team, and determining the C-section rate at their hospital. It’s easy to read and available in English and in Spanish. You’re welcome to link to the site and share it in all of your outreach strategies.
  • The four animated videos, which model how pregnant women can engage in conversations with their healthcare providers about how to avoid a C-section they don’t absolutely need. The videos are each between 1-2 minutes long and available in English and in Spanish, with and without captions. These are also available for you to use and share at no cost, so consider adding them to your waiting room video loops, your website, and your social media feeds.
  • The poster and brochure, both called How to Reduce Your Chances of Having a C-Section, provide basic facts about the risks of unnecessary C-Sections and what can be done to proactively avoid one. They’re easy to read and available in Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Spanish, and Vietnamese – with Tagalog coming soon. Grab them from the Communications Toolkit (ZIP file), print them out, and hang them in exam and waiting rooms, distribute them with pre-natal packets, add them to your resource libraries, and disseminate them in any other creative ways you’d like!

Join your colleagues across California (and the country) in sharing the My Birth Matters materials with pregnant women. And if you do, please drop an email to Beccah Rothschild, consultant to the California Health Care Foundation, so that your efforts can be added to their tracking list.

Clinic Association Awarded Federal Dollars to Support Los Angeles Health Centers

Posted: July 26, 2019

Los Angeles – July 26th, 2019 – The Health Resources and Services Administration has announced awards of $42 million in funding to 49 Health Center Controlled Networks (HCCNs) across the nation. HCCNs provide technical assistance to federally-funded health centers, using information technology to cut costs and improve patient care. These awards will enable the HCCNs to support 1,183 federally-funded health centers across all 50 states. Among the awardees, the Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County (CCALAC) will receive $1.43 million—its third consecutive award—to continue to serve Los Angeles County.

“Networks advance quality improvement and provide cost savings to the health care system. Members of the Los Angeles network received over $4.9 million in federal quality improvement awards in 2018, and saved nearly $2.9 million in technical assistance costs,” said Louise McCarthy, President and CEO of CCALAC. “We are excited to continue this work going forward with an expanded cohort of health centers.”

The new grant will enable CCALAC to grow its work, assisting 47 health centers in expanding the use of health information technology, empowering patients through patient engagement, and promoting data sharing through health information technology.

The list of the 47 health centers participating in CCALAC’s HCCN can be found here.

The Health and Human Services announcement of awards can be found here.

THE COMMUNITY CLINIC ASSOCIATION OF LOS ANGELES COUNTY (CCALAC) is the largest regional association of community clinics and health centers in California. Founded in 1994, CCALAC has 65 members that serve nearly 1.7 million patients throughout LA County. CCALAC is dedicated to serving and representing the interests of its member clinics as providers of quality health care, including medical, dental and pharmacy services. For more information about CCALAC, visit www.ccalac.org or call (213) 201-6500.

Contact:
Raymond Ople, HCCN Project Manager (213) 201-6512
Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County
445 S. Figueroa Street, Suite 2100

Statement: Unjustified – LA Clinics applaud Supreme Court decision on Census

Posted: June 27, 2019

LOS ANGELES – June 27, 2019 – Today the Supreme Court rejected the Administration’s reasoning for including a citizenship question on the 2020 census, leaving in doubt whether the question will ultimately be included in the census.

The Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County (CCALAC) is heartened by the decision of the Court, and hopeful that the Census will proceed without the citizenship question. The inclusion of the question would have deterred people – including underserved, low-income patients – from responding to and being counted in the census. The inclusion of the citizenship question would have undermined the reliability of census data because people in marginalized communities will be undercounted as they have been in past census counts.

“We stand with our patients and communities, as well as our community partners, in ensuring that all people are fairly counted for the 2020 census,” said Louise McCarthy, President and CEO of CCALAC.

“The census is a crucial source of data that determines distribution of resources and representation for our communities; therefore it is imperative that all community members are counted.”

CCALAC is working on several initiatives to promote participation in the census and will continue to work with partners and clinics to reach our community population of 1.7 million patients.

The Supreme Court found that the Administration did not provide a sufficient explanation for adding the question, leaving it unclear whether the Administration will provide what the Court deems an adequate answer in time for it to be included in the questionnaire. In addition to the Supreme Court’s consideration of the Census question, lower courts in New York and Maryland are also considering rulings on the citizenship question.

Contact:
Elaiza Torralba, Communications Specialist, (213) 201-6529
Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County
700 S. Flower Street, Suite 3150, Los Angeles, CA 90017

Statement: Clinics support Governor’s health care expansions, remain concerned by pharmacy proposal

Posted: May 9, 2019

LOS ANGELES – May 9, 2019 – We are encouraged to see the Governor’s May Revise maintains his commitment to expand Medi-Cal coverage for young adults, invest in California’s healthcare workforce, fight homelessness and support families. Expanding Medi-Cal to cover all eligible young adults, regardless of immigration status, is an important step toward the promise of universal coverage, and we look forward to working with the Governor as we move toward the goal of ensuring coverage for ALL Californians. At the same time, we are concerned the budget maintains a change for pharmacy services in the Medi-Cal program which, if enacted, would greatly harm community health centers. While we support the Governor’s goal of lowering the cost of drugs for Californians, the budget calls for transitioning pharmacy services from managed care to fee-for-service by 2021. This would eliminate savings from the 340B Drug Discount Program and result in the loss of hundreds of millions annually to California’s safety net health care providers. Community clinics and health centers rely on these savings to provide critical services to our most vulnerable communities. We urge the Administration to explore alternative strategies to reduce drug pricing and protect safety net providers.

THE COMMUNITY CLINIC ASSOCIATION OF LOS ANGELES COUNTY (CCALAC) is the largest regional association of community clinics and health centers in California. Founded in 1994, CCALAC has 65 members that operate over 350 clinic sites throughout LA County. CCALAC is dedicated to serving and representing the interests of its member clinics as providers of quality health care, including medical, dental and pharmacy services. For more information about CCALAC, visit www.ccalac.org or call (213) 201-6500.

Contact:
Elaiza Torralba, Communications Specialist, (213) 201-6529
Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County
700 S. Flower Street, Suite 3150, Los Angeles, CA 90017

Statement: LA Clinics Oppose Administration’s ‘Conscience Rule’ Which Will Undermine Access to Care

Posted: May 2, 2019

LOS ANGELES – May 2, 2019 – Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released the final so-called “conscience rule” which the administration claims will protect healthcare providers’ right to refrain from participating in health care services, including reproductive health and other basic services, that violate the person’s or entity’s conscience or religious views.

“This rule undermines critical health care protections, invites discrimination, and will hinder access to vital health care services, especially for women and the LGBT community,” said Louise McCarthy, President and CEO of the Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County (CCALAC).

“Clinics will continue to provide a wide array of services to diverse communities, including members of the LGBT community and women, and will continue to be safe spaces for all patients seeking care. CCALAC will continue to work closely with our members and partners to further our mission to provide quality, comprehensive care to all individuals, and advance the health and safety of our communities.”

THE COMMUNITY CLINIC ASSOCIATION OF LOS ANGELES COUNTY (CCALAC) is the largest regional association of community clinics and health centers in California. Founded in 1994, CCALAC has 65 members that operate over 350 clinic sites throughout LA County. CCALAC is dedicated to serving and representing the interests of its member clinics as providers of quality health care, including medical, dental and pharmacy services. For more information about CCALAC, visit www.ccalac.org or call (213) 201-6500.

Contact:
Elaiza Torralba, Communications Specialist, (213) 201-6529
Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County
700 S. Flower Street, Suite 3150, Los Angeles, CA 90017

Opposing Harmful “Public Charge” Rule, Medical and Community Groups Stand In Solidarity With Immigrant Families

Posted: October 10, 2018

Press Statement
For Immediate Release
Contacts: Elaiza Torralba, etorralba@ccalac.org, (213) 201-6529
Carolina Gamero, cgamero@caimmigrant.org, (213) 250-0880 ext. 107

October 10, 2018 – The Trump administration announced a proposed rule change that would undermine the safety and well-being of immigrant families. Through a draft proposal on “public charge,” the administration seeks to punish immigrant families for accessing nutrition, health care, and other vital programs for which they are fully eligible. In response to this harmful proposal, a number of members from the Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County as well as immigrant advocate and community-based organizations have issued the following statements with deep concern and a commitment to resist any attacks to immigrant communities:

“Trump’s proposed policy is another cruel attack to struggling families across the country, including immigrants. As home to the largest population of immigrants- both documented and undocumented- California’s future lies in ensuring that families are set up to succeed. The administration’s anti-immigrant agenda targets families, forcing them to make the impossible choice of disenrolling from vital programs that serve as a lifeline, or risk being separated from their loved ones.”
– Cynthia Buiza, Executive Director, California Immigrant Policy Center (CIPC)

“Clinics are a safe space for patients to seek help for a wide array of services. This rule would deter patients from accessing critical programs they are entitled to, and have a chilling effect on our efforts to improve the health, well-being and economic security of our communities. This rule would undermine the critical strides California has achieved in improving comprehensive, culturally competent and innovative care.”
– Louise McCarthy, President & CEO, Community Clinic Association of LA County (CCALAC)

 
Other organizations in support added the following:

“As a Federally Qualified Health Center that provides high quality accessible healthcare services to patients dealing with significant trauma and the stressors that come from living in fear and in the shadows as a refugee and undocumented individual, Clínica Romero knows that federal immigration policies often disrupt the delicate fabric of these vulnerable communities; affecting the wellbeing of immigrant families and placing their health at risk. The White House’s most recent policy, Public Charge, is one of many recent affronts to immigrant families, which we will continue to decry as a human rights abuse.

Archbishop Romero once said: ‘We plant the seeds that one day will grow. We water seeds already planted, knowing that they hold future promise.’ At Clínica Romero, we believe that together with our partners we are planting seeds of trust and safety for immigrant families that will hold the promise of a better future for all of us.”
– Carlos H. Vaquerano, Interim Executive Director, Clínica Monseñor Oscar A. Romero

“In response to the public charge proposal, Kheir Clinic is seeing more missed appointments, requests to disenroll from programs, and widespread fear and mistrust of the government. Those who are eligible for programs such as Medi-Cal, CHIP and SNAP are hesitant to enroll, due to misunderstanding and lack of in-language information on this issue. Many believe it has already been decided that enrollment in these programs will jeopardize their family’s future chances of residency. Kheir has been communicating with the local Korean media outlets to provide accurate information about proposed rule change, but some families continue to avoid critical services that they are eligible for.”
– Erin Pak, CEO of Kheir Clinic

“QueensCare Health Centers has a well established precedent of caring for ALL those in need, regardless of race, religion or immigration status. Regardless of the changes to the Public Charge Rule, we will remain steadfast in carrying out our mission of providing health care to the community.”
– Barbara Hines, President & CEO, QueensCare Health Centers

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Background: The California Immigrant Policy Center and Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County are actively working to advocate to protect immigrant communities who are facing these attacks, as well as express opposition through the 60-day comment period open for public comment. For more information and to learn how to take action, visit: www.protectingimmigrantfamilies.org.

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About Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County:
CCALAC is the largest regional association of community clinics and health centers in California. Founded in 1994, CCALAC has 65 members that operate over 350 clinic sites throughout LA County. CCALAC is dedicated to serving and representing the interests of its member clinics as providers of quality health care, including medical, dental and pharmacy services.

About the California Immigrant Policy Center:
CIPC advances inclusive policies that build a prosperous future for all Californians, using policy analysis, advocacy and capacity building. It is the premiere immigrant rights institution in the state that promotes and protects safety, health and public benefits and integration programs for immigrants.

Statement: LA Clinics Denounce Public Charge Rule Threatening Immigrants’ Access to Care

Posted: September 24, 2018

LOS ANGELES – September 24, 2018 – Over the weekend, the Trump administration released a proposal to restrict the ability for lawfully present immigrants to obtain permanent residency if they’ve accessed public assistance programs. The proposed rule would expand the current definition of “public charge” to include nutrition, health care, and other vital services for which they are eligible.

“Clinics are a safe space for patients to seek help for a wide array of services. This rule would deter patients from accessing critical programs they are entitled to and have a chilling effect on our efforts to improve the health, well-being and economic security of our communities,” said Louise McCarthy, President and CEO of the Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County (CCALAC).

“This rule would undermine the health, safety and well-being of immigrant families and our communities. It would also reverse the critical strides California has achieved in improving comprehensive, culturally competent and innovative care,” said McCarthy. “The rule has not yet gone into effect. CCALAC will work closely with our partners to fight this proposal, protect our immigrant communities and ensure that our patients remain able to safely access health care services and programs.”

THE COMMUNITY CLINIC ASSOCIATION OF LOS ANGELES COUNTY (CCALAC) is the largest regional association of community clinics and health centers in California. Founded in 1994, CCALAC has 65 members that operate over 350 clinic sites throughout LA County. CCALAC is dedicated to serving and representing the interests of its member clinics as providers of quality health care, including medical, dental and pharmacy services. For more information about CCALAC, visit www.ccalac.org or call (213) 201-6500.

Contact:
Elaiza Torralba, Communications Specialist, (213) 201-6529
Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County
700 S. Flower Street, Suite 3150, Los Angeles, CA 90017

Statement: CCALAC Joins United Way of Greater LA’s Everyone In Campaign

Posted: August 29, 2018

Los Angeles – August 29, 2018 – Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County (CCALAC) is proud to join United Way of Greater Los Angeles’s Everyone In, an advocacy campaign led by a diverse coalition of leaders from philanthropy, business, labor, faith, and community organizations fighting for the common goal of ending homelessness across Los Angeles County.

“Community clinics are committed to delivering high quality, comprehensive services designed to improve health and end homelessness. We look forward to working with local leaders on implementing patient-centered and housing-focused solutions to homelessness through the Everyone In campaign,” said Louise McCarthy, President and CEO of CCALAC.

THE COMMUNITY CLINIC ASSOCIATION OF LOS ANGELES COUNTY (CCALAC) is the largest regional association of community clinics and health centers in California. Founded in 1994, CCALAC has 65 members that operate over 350 clinic sites throughout LA County. CCALAC is dedicated to serving and representing the interests of its member clinics as providers of quality health care, including medical, dental and pharmacy services. For more information about CCALAC, visit www.ccalac.org or call (213) 201-6500.

Statement: Increased State Revenues Positive for CA – CCALAC Urges Administration to Reconsider 340B Program Elimination

Posted: May 14, 2018

LOS ANGELES – May 14, 2018 – Last Friday, Governor Jerry Brown released the May Revision to the 2018-19 State Budget. Despite acknowledging a projected additional $8 billion in higher revenue, the Governor continues his familiar calls for fiscal restraint and warning of future recessions.

Though limited on-going commitments are being made with the additional revenue, we are pleased to see homelessness and mental health services highlighted as areas for new investments. However, we are concerned that the May Revise continues to include the proposed elimination of the 340B Drug Discount Program in Medi-Cal, which allows community health centers to access pharmaceuticals at discounted pricing. Eliminating the use of the 340B program would be extremely detrimental to community health centers that depend on 340B savings to enhance patient services, expand hours of operations, and provide other critical patient support programs in their communities. It would also mean less resources in our communities and in California – when health centers get 340B discounts, all of the savings stay with the health center and its patients; when the state collects drug rebates, only about 1/3 of state drug rebate dollars stay in California, the rest must be shared with the federal government.

We urge the Administration to reconsider its efforts to eliminate use of the 340B program which will take a critical source of savings away from public health care systems and other safety net providers. At a time when our state is fiscally strong, it is even more imperative that we support our safety net by keeping these critically needed funds in our health centers and in our communities.

THE COMMUNITY CLINIC ASSOCIATION OF LOS ANGELES COUNTY (CCALAC) is the largest regional association of community clinics and health centers in California. Founded in 1994, CCALAC has 63 members that operate over 350 clinic sites throughout LA County. CCALAC is dedicated to serving and representing the interests of its member clinics as providers of quality health care, including medical, dental and pharmacy services. For more information about CCALAC, visit www.ccalac.org or call (213) 201-6500.

Contact:
Elaiza Torralba, Communications Specialist, (213) 201-6529
Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County
700 S. Flower Street, Suite 3150, Los Angeles, CA 90017

Statement: Red Alert Downgraded – Threat Remains High

Posted: February 9, 2018

LOS ANGELES – February 9, 2018 – This morning Congress passed a continuing resolution through March 23, which includes two years of funding for community health centers and other important health programs. While the #RedAlert4CHCs crisis has been averted, the threat level for our communities remains high. We are bracing for the expiration of the Deferred Action for Childhood arrivals (DACA) Program as well as release of the Administration’s rules that would make it harder for legal immigrants to get permanent residency if they or their American-born children use safety net services. CCALAC thanks our Members of Congress for supporting health centers and standing up for our communities.

THE COMMUNITY CLINIC ASSOCIATION OF LOS ANGELES COUNTY (CCALAC) is the largest regional association of community clinics and health centers in California. Founded in 1994, CCALAC has 63 members that operate over 350 clinic sites throughout LA County. CCALAC is dedicated to serving and representing the interests of its member clinics as providers of quality health care, including medical, dental and pharmacy services. For more information about CCALAC, visit www.ccalac.org or call (213) 201-6500.

Contact:
Elaiza Torralba, Communications Specialist, (213) 201-6529
Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County
700 S. Flower Street, Suite 3150, Los Angeles, CA 90017

Speakers Outline Dire Consequence of Federal Inaction on Health Center Funding, Highlight Impacts on Key Health Care Programs

Posted: January 24, 2018

Remarks from LA Area Health Leaders Press Call

***A recording of today’s discussion is available here***

Los Angeles, CA – The Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County (CCALAC), The Children’s Partnership (TCP), and the Northeast Valley Health Corporation (NEVHC) held a press briefing today outlining the impact of Congressional inaction on funding for community health centers, and other critical “health care extenders” that comprise the health care safety net.

According to Louise McCarthy, President and CEO of CCALAC, “Congress has funded healthcare for children, but hasn’t funded the systems that serve them. With the passage of a continuing resolution, Congress now only has weeks to act before community health centers run out of funds. That, along with their inaction on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is going to undermine the stability of our communities. Health centers are hanging in the balance – they’re doing the best they can to plan for the future, but it’s very uncertain. At the same time, health centers are also stepping up, advocating and reaching out to their communities, to their Members of Congress, and beseeching them to fix this funding cliff.”

Mayra Alvarez, President of TCP, said “Our work to eliminate health disparities and ensure health equity for children is fueled by the success of programs like CHIP and its combined impact with other programs – like health centers – to help families raise their children and to ultimately give every child a fair shot at success. Families in California do not have the luxury to worry about issues one at a time – whether that is CHIP coverage, passage of the Dream Act, wondering if their health center will remain open, or if their home visiting program will be available.”

Vilma Champion, Director of Managed Care at NEVHC, said “Community health centers emphasize comprehensive primary and preventive care, oftentimes becoming the gateway to diagnosing and treating public health issues. Our presence in the community not only benefits residents who need our services but also relieves the strain on emergency rooms at local hospitals.  NEVHC’s federal HRSA grant makes up 13% of its operating budget. Without this funding we have no choice but to cut back on staff, patients and services.  More specifically, a lapse in funding would impact 10,000 patients, over 40,000 patient visits, and the salaries of 125 NEVHC staff members. Although we are happy that CHIP funding has been authorized, our CHIP patients would lose access to care if our doors at NEVHC are closed.”

 

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About CCALAC

The Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County (CCALAC) is the largest regional association of community clinics and health centers in California. Founded in 1994, CCALAC has 63 members that operate over 350 clinic sites, serving 1.6 million County residents. CCALAC is dedicated to serving and representing the interests of its member clinics as providers of quality health care, including medical, dental and pharmacy services.

About TCP

The Children’s Partnership (TCP) is a California–based national children’s advocacy organization committed to improving the lives of underserved children where they live, learn, and play with breakthrough solutions at the intersection of research, policy, and community engagement. Since 1993, TCP has been a leading voice for children and a critical resource for communities across California and the nation, working every day to champion policies that provide all children with the resources and opportunities they need to thrive.

About NEVHC

Northeast Valley Health Corporation (NEVHC) was incorporated in 1971 by a group of San Fernando Valley civic leaders who envisioned establishing a healthcare system that catered to the medical needs of the local community. They opened San Fernando Health Center in 1973 and celebrated its dedication with the late U.S. Senator Ted. Kennedy. Today, NEVHC has grown to 14 health centers in the San Fernando and Santa Clarita valleys and continue to serve the uninsured and the medically underserved patients with limited financial resources. Nearly 70,000 patients receive medical, dental and behavioral health care at our health centers every year. NEVHC, one of the nation’s largest community health centers, is a nonprofit Joint Commission accredited Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC).

Statement: Los Angeles Bracing for Crisis as Shutdown Looms

Posted: January 19, 2018

LOS ANGELES – January 19, 2018 – With the shutdown of the federal government on the horizon, communities across Los Angeles are bracing for crisis. The failure to fund the government, along with critical health programs, comes at a very high price.

In Los Angeles, 1.6 million residents rely on community health centers for their care. These health centers will lose 70% of their federal funding on April 1st. Along with the loss of the Children’s Health Insurance Program and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), this undermines the stability of our communities. CCALAC urges Congress to come to an agreement that protects our communities.

THE COMMUNITY CLINIC ASSOCIATION OF LOS ANGELES COUNTY (CCALAC) is the largest regional association of community clinics and health centers in California. Founded in 1994, CCALAC has 63 members that operate over 350 clinic sites throughout LA County. CCALAC is dedicated to serving and representing the interests of its member clinics as providers of quality health care, including medical, dental and pharmacy services. For more information about CCALAC, visit www.ccalac.org or call (213) 201-6500.

Contact:
Elaiza Torralba, Communications Specialist, (213) 201-6529
Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County
700 S. Flower Street, Suite 3150, Los Angeles, CA 90017

Statement: New HHS Division Will Have Harmful Effects on Access to Care

Posted: January 19, 2018

LOS ANGELES – January 19, 2018 – CCALAC represents community clinics and health centers, institutions that pride themselves on providing health care to all. We are deeply concerned about the Trump Administration’s announcement this week regarding the establishment of a Conscience and Religious Freedom Division in the Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This new division appears poised to allow health care workers to refuse to perform, accommodate, or assist with provision of services on religious or moral grounds. It is critical that this new HHS division not take any actions that would permit unlawful discrimination or deny access to appropriate health care services based on gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity or other personal characteristics.

THE COMMUNITY CLINIC ASSOCIATION OF LOS ANGELES COUNTY (CCALAC) is the largest regional association of community clinics and health centers in California. Founded in 1994, CCALAC has 63 members that operate over 350 clinic sites throughout LA County. CCALAC is dedicated to serving and representing the interests of its member clinics as providers of quality health care, including medical, dental and pharmacy services. For more information about CCALAC, visit www.ccalac.org or call (213) 201-6500.
Contact:

Elaiza Torralba, Communications Specialist, (213) 201-6529
Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County
700 S. Flower Street, Suite 3150, Los Angeles, CA 90017

Clinic Association Names Courtney Powers as Director of Government and External Affairs

Posted: January 4, 2018

LOS ANGELES – January 5, 2018– The Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County (CCALAC) has named Courtney Powers as the organization’s new Director of Government and External Affairs, effective January 8th. In this role, Ms. Powers will drive the development, implementation and evaluation of the Association’s government and public relations activities.

“With both threat and opportunity looming at the Federal, State and local levels, CCALAC and LA’s community clinics and health centers are at a pivotal moment in our development,” said Louise McCarthy, CCALAC’s President & CEO. “Courtney Powers brings an exceptional level of experience and expertise to guide our government and external affairs in this critical time.”

Prior to joining CCALAC, Ms. Powers served as Vice President and General Counsel to GRACE (Gather Respect Advocate Change Engage) since 2013. In this role, she advanced the organization’s agenda to reduce child poverty through legislative initiatives and secured federal and local funds to support programs and services. Ms. Powers was also the Vice President of Public Policy and the Director of Advocacy and Government Affairs at the Daughters of Charity Health System, and has served as an adjunct professor at UCLA School of Law, Occidental College, the Los Angeles Community College District and UCLA Extension.

Ms. Powers holds a Juris Doctorate from the UCLA School of Law and earned her Bachelor’s degree in political science from U.C. Berkeley, Phi Beta Kappa. She is the current President of the UCLA School of Law Alumni Association.

 

THE COMMUNITY CLINIC ASSOCIATION OF LOS ANGELES COUNTY (CCALAC) is the largest regional association of community clinics and health centers in California. Founded in 1994, CCALAC has 63 members that operate over 350 clinic sites that serve 1.56 million County residents. CCALAC is dedicated to serving and representing the interests of its member clinics as providers of quality health care, including medical, dental and pharmacy services. For more information about CCALAC, visit www.ccalac.org or call (213) 201-6500.

Contact: Elaiza Torralba, Communications Specialist, (213) 201-6529
Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County
700 S. Flower Street, Suite 3150, Los Angeles, CA 90017

STATEMENT: CCALAC Says Tax Bill will have Profound Effect on Health Care

Posted: December 18, 2017

LOS ANGELES – December 18, 2017 – Today, Louise McCarthy, President and CEO of the Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County (CCALAC) released the following statement on the potential effects of the tax bill on healthcare access.

“Caught between a rock and a hard place, this week California Republicans will vote for a tax bill that will have detrimental effects on Californians, in particular our working poor and middle class,” McCarthy said.

The House is anticipated to vote tomorrow on the tax legislation. If it passes, the Senate will vote on Wednesday. The House and Senate have passed different versions of a tax reform bill, and have just released the final text.

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STATEMENT: CCALAC Urges Congress to Act Now to Stabilize our Health Care System

Posted: October 13, 2017

Members of Congress Must Pass Legislation to Protect Our Health Care

LOS ANGELES – October 13, 2017 – Today, Louise McCarthy, President and CEO of the Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County (CCALAC) released the following statement urging members of Congress to pass legislation that would protect our health care, in response to the announcement that the Trump Administration will end cost-sharing reduction subsidies – a blow to insurers selling in the marketplaces under the Affordable Care Act and impacting many low-income patients.

“Our future already hangs in the balance, with funding for key safety net programs stalled in Congress,” McCarthy said. Continue reading

Los Angeles Community Health Centers Urge Congress To Secure Health Center Funding

Posted: September 20, 2017

Health Centers Face a 70 Percent Decrease in Funding by September 30th

September 19, 2017 – Los Angeles – Right now, health centers throughout Los Angeles County are threatened with losing 70 percent of their federal funding, which will impact how people access care. The Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County (CCALAC) and its members are urging Congress to take action to secure this funding for community health centers.

“Congress must act now to protect the key programs that make health centers and the services they provide possible,” said Louise McCarthy, president and CEO, Community Clinic Association of LA County, “Over the past five years health centers have expanded access and transformed care for their communities. They’ve created jobs and made major investments into their local economies. This funding ensures the ongoing viability of our program and the progress we’ve made.” Continue reading