PEACH Applauds Gov. Newsom’s January 2020 Budget Proposals

January 10, 2020 – “Private Essential Access Community Hospitals (PEACH), representing California’s community safety net hospitals, applauds Gov. Gavin Newsom’s January budget proposals that would expand Medi-Cal coverage to Californians 65 and older regardless of immigration status and make progress integrating physical and behavioral health and tackling our state’s homeless crisis top priorities,” said Anne McLeod, PEACH president and CEO.

“California’s community safety net hospitals provide 66 percent of all inpatient Medi-Cal mental health care and are on the front lines of our state’s behavioral health crisis. We look forward to partnering with the Newsom Administration to ensure that the state’s behavioral health integration efforts include community safety net hospitals,” said McLeod.

“PEACH also looks forward to working with the Newsom Administration and State Legislature to achieve improved health outcomes, expanded access to high value care and increased affordability with the creation of the Office of Health Care Affordability,” McLeod continued.

“As we continue to partner with the Governor and the State Legislature on these important initiatives to improve the health of all Californians, especially the most vulnerable served by our hospitals, PEACH also urges the State Legislature and the Governor to continue to support the delay of massive federal community safety net hospital Medicaid DSH cuts of at least $155 million this fiscal year and $311 million in the 2020-21 state fiscal year,” said McLeod.

View PEACH’s full media statement here.