California Primary Care Association statement on Governor’s Budget Proposal

The California Primary Care Association’s President and CEO Carmela Castellano-Garcia released the following statement today in response to Governor Jerry Brown’s 2016 Budget Proposal:

“California’s community health centers appreciate Governor Brown and the Managed Care Organizations resolving the looming budget crisis by coming to terms on the MCO tax. We look forward to working with the Governor and the legislature to finalize this deal so the Medi-Cal program has the funding certainty it requires for continued improvement and growth.

“This budget provides California a solid foundation from which we can strengthen our efforts to deliver on the promise of health for all Californians. While we have made great progress in recent years, millions of Californians remain uninsured, the primary care provider shortage continues to grow, and the need for mental health services has reached the point of crisis.”

About the California Primary Care Association

The California Primary Care Association (CPCA) represents more than 1,100 non-profit CCHCs who provide care to nearly 6 million patients each year. Community clinics and health centers (CCHCs) are committed to providing comprehensive, high quality health care to everyone who walks through our doors, in a compassionate and culturally sensitive manner.

CCHCs include federally qualified health centers (FQHC) and FQHC look-a-likes, community clinics, free clinics, rural health clinics, migrant health centers, Indian health service clinics, and family planning clinics.

Services include comprehensive primary and preventive care, women’s health, dental, mental health, substance use treatment, health education, outreach and enrollment, pharmacy and more.