CEO Blog – February 2017

Advocacy Request
– by Christy Ward, CEO

It is critical that we make our voices heard to our leaders in Washington DC about potential changes in the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  We urge everyone to respectfully write a letter, in your own words, about why you feel maintaining funding for the ACA is so important.  Your letter can reflect a personal story that you have had as a patient or someone you’ve interacted with as part of your work.   Your letter can also be a story about a person that has been affected by the ACA or the importance of them being able to obtain care in a community health center. Please be mindful of adhering to confidentiality rules as they apply and representing yourself, your community, employer, and partners in a positive way.

There are two major points that should be made:

  1. Keep Medicaid strong.  Medicaid is critical for our patients and for our health center’s financial stability.  While many people are pushing for state control of Medicaid, the federal payment system for health centers – called the Prospective Payment System or PPS- is what keeps health centers financially viable across the country.   In addition, there is flexibility built in to the system, allowing states to develop alternative payment systems which 20 states have already opted to do including California.
  1. Don’t interrupt patient care. Changing the scope or funding of the Affordable Care Act will certainly disrupt patient care for millions of people if these decisions are not well thought out.  We must minimize the change for patients, many of whom have just recently sought healthcare for the first time and are not well.

Standing together to advocate for the health of our communities and staying informed is important as we learn of potential changes to health care. Cares Community Health will continue to share information, letting you know how these changes will impact you and your community.

Thank you on behalf of our patients!

Below are email links to the President, our Senators and Representatives.  If you don’t know who your Representative is, go to and enter your zip code.

President Donald Trump

Senator Kamala Harris

Senator Diane Feinstein

Representative Doris Matsui

Representative Ami Bera

Representative Tom McClintock

Cares Community Health
Is Your Medical Home

Cares Community Health has been recognized as a Level III Patient Centered Medical Home by the National Committee for Quality Assurance. The patient-centered medical home—one of modern health care’s most important innovations—is a model of care that emphasizes care coordination and communication to transform primary care into “what you want it to be.”

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.

Cares Community Health was also recognized as an Advocacy Center of Excellence – Silver Level by the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC).  This is given to any Health Center that has achieved certain measures of advocacy success and demonstrated ongoing commitment to advocacy by making it an organizational priority.




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