CEO Blog – March 2017

– by Christy Ward, CEO

In late February, the President addressed Congress and outlined the general principles he believes should be used to change the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  The House of Representatives also has a plan and as of yet, there is no consensus on exactly how the ACA will be changed.  As President Trump recently mentioned, “Nobody knew that healthcare could be so complicated.”

While it may take months to get actual ideas into legislation, we hear that March is the month when the President and Congress will release an agreed upon proposal.  It is important that we make our voices heard about the ACA.  Here are two issues that concern us the most:

  • Currently the ACA requires that certain services be covered by every health plan offered. These services include mental health, substance abuse and maternity benefits.  The Republican plans would allow insurance companies to omit those services.  This would likely mean that individuals who need mental health or maternity coverage, or who cannot afford high deductibles, would face higher premiums.   This would force many people desperately in need of mental health and substance abuse services to go untreated.
  • Another key principle Trump articulated was that “we should give our great State Governors the resources and flexibility they need with Medicaid to make sure no one is left out.” Current Republican congressional proposals, which allow states flexibility, are also focused on cutting federal Medicaid and decreasing Medicaid enrollment. As we stated in this blog last month, Medicaid is critical to the health of community health centers and critical to the safety net in our community.

The message is clear:  Keep all the current services covered by the ACA and keep Medicaid strong.

Please take the time to let your thoughts be known to the President and to your representatives in Congress.   We need to make sure they listen to those of us on the ground in providing and using health care.

We will continue to keep you informed.  In the meantime, we suggest that you:

  • Make a personal commitment to stay informed and make your voice heard to your elected representatives.
  • Sign up for our monthly newsletter below to receive updates on health center issues.
  • Like us on our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter to get immediate calls to action.
  • Tell your story about the ACA or your health center experience to your member of Congress.

We are all in this together.  And together we can make a difference.

Christy Ward

Here are links to your elected officials:

President Donald Trump

Senator Kamala Harris

Senator Diane Feinstein

Representative Doris Matsui

Representative Ami Bera

Representative Tom McClintock

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NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition is the most widely-adopted model for transforming primary care practices into medical homes. Medical Homes provide primary health care that is relationship-based with an orientation toward the whole person. Partnering with patients and their families requires understanding and respecting each patient’s unique needs, culture, values, and preferences. The medical home practice actively supports patients in learning to manage and organize their own care at the level the patient chooses. Recognizing that patients and families are core members of the care team, medical home practices ensure that they are fully informed partners in establishing care plans.

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