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PEACH Cautions Against Final Federal ‘Public Charge’ Rule Implementation: Assures Californians that Community Safety Net Hospitals Continue to Serve All Regardless of Immigration Status

PEACH expressed great concern about the detrimental health and economic effects of the Trump administration’s final “Public Charge” regulation issued by the Department of Homeland Security on August 12, 2019.

The final regulation expanded the type of public aid programs that would disqualify an immigrant’s eligibility for legal status and U.S. citizenship, designating those individuals as a “public charge” if they or their immediate family members participate in certain public aid programs. The expanded public charge definition now includes use of most forms of Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (known as CalFresh in California), and certain housing programs.

“California’s community safety net hospitals are deeply concerned that the final public charge rule will result in vulnerable families and individuals in our communities avoiding health coverage, care and nutrition programs for which they are legally eligible because of fear of jeopardizing their legal status,” said Rob Curry, PEACH board chair and president and CEO of Emanate Health. “Implementation of this harmful regulation will adversely affect the overall health and economic well-being of communities throughout California.”

View the news release here.

PEACH’s Founding President/CEO to Retire in First Quarter of 2020

On June 11, Rob Curry, board chair of Private Essential Access Community Hospitals (PEACH) – California’s association of community safety net hospitals announced that its founding President and Chief Executive Officer, Catherine K. Douglas, will retire within the first quarter of 2020.

“For more than 25 years, Catherine Douglas has been an invaluable leader in policy development and advocacy on behalf of California’s community safety net hospitals and the vulnerable communities we serve,” said Curry.

Douglas has been PEACH’s president and CEO since the organization was founded in January of 1994. A nationwide search for her replacement is currently under way and interested candidates can inquire at PEACH_CEO_Recruitment@peachinc.org and view the full job description here.

Throughout her tenure at PEACH, Douglas has been instrumental in the development of statewide policies and legislation to stabilize community safety net hospitals and ensure they can continue providing low-income communities throughout California with high-value and culturally sensitive care at the right time in the right setting.

Read the full news release here.

CA Congressional Delegates Urge Delay of Medicaid DSH Cuts

On May 13, 2019, forty-eight California congressional delegates were among more than 300 House members who sent a letter urging House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy to delay nearly $500 million in Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) program cuts to California’s safety net hospitals starting in October 2019. Further Medi-Cal DSH reductions of about $950 million annually are slated for fiscal years 2021-2025.

Federal Medicaid DSH funding provides more than $1.2 billion to California’s safety net hospitals, including community safety net, public and district hospitals that serve a disproportionate share of low-income and uninsured Californians. The Medicaid DSH cuts would result in about $156 million in Medi-Cal DSH reductions to California’s community safety net hospitals this year.

Medicaid DSH funding is critical to California’s safety net hospitals and helps offset low Medi-Cal payments and the cost of providing uncompensated care to their low-income communities. California’s community safety net hospitals provide an average of 88 percent of their care to low-income Medi-Cal, Medicare and uninsured patients, and depend on Medicaid DSH funds to invest in innovative partnerships and programs with partner clinics and community-based organizations to ensure their vulnerable communities receive more coordinated, higher value care in the right setting.

PEACH Applauds Governor’s Proposals to Expand Health Coverage and Integrate Physical and Behavioral Health

URGES GOVERNOR AND LEGISLATURE TO REVISIT SUPPORT FOR SAFETY NET HOSPITALS ON FRONT LINES OF CA’S  BEHAVIORAL HEALTH CRISIS 

Private Essential Access Community Hospitals (PEACH), California’s association of community safety net hospitals, applauds Gov. Gavin Newsom’s May Revision budget proposals that would expand Medi-Cal coverage, make Covered California health coverage more affordable for low- and middle-income Californians, and integrate physical and behavioral health. PEACH urges the Governor and Legislature to make budget investments in California’s hospital safety net through Proposition 55 or other funds, to ensure they can continue providing critical acute and emergent behavioral health care services to underserved populations statewide.

Read the full news release here.

CA State Legislators Urge Delay of Medicaid Safety Net Hospital Cuts

On April 5, 2019, the State Legislature urged the California congressional delegation to delay nearly $500 million in Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) cuts to California’s safety net hospitals that are slated to begin in October 2019. These cuts affect all of California’s safety net hospitals, including community safety net, public, district and children’s hospitals that serve a disproportionate share of low-income and uninsured Californians.

California’s community safety net hospitals are slated to lose nearly $156 million in funding this year, with additional cuts scheduled to increase significantly FY 2021-2025. Reductions of this magnitude would create severe shortages in high-value care for millions of Californians statewide.

Medicaid DSH funding is critical to California’s safety net hospitals and helps offset low Medi-Cal payments and the cost of providing uncompensated care to their low-income communities. California’s community safety net hospitals provide an average of 88 percent of their care to low-income Medi-Cal, Medicare and uninsured patients, and depend on Medicaid DSH funds to invest in innovative partnerships and programs with partner clinics and community-based organizations to ensure their vulnerable communities receive more coordinated, higher value care in the right setting.

For more information see the California State Senate and Assembly letters to the California congressional delegation.

Following is also the current bipartisan congressional effort to delay the Medicaid DSH cuts led by Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY) and Congressman Pete Olson (R-TX): Engel-Olson Medicaid DSH Delay Colleague Letter

PEACH Urges Vigilance Against Ongoing ACA Reform Proposals Resulting in Skyrocketing Uninsured & Massive Job Losses

September 26, 2017 PEACH News Release -Graham-Cassidy

U.S. Senate’s Draft Health Care Bill Would Impose Devastating Cuts to Medicaid and Increase Uninsured by Millions

June 22, 2017 PEACH News Release -Senate AHCA Bill

PEACH Greatly Concerned about Harmful Impact of Proposed American Health Care Act on Californians

May 4, 2017 AHCA PEACH Media Statement