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How might people in the East Bay be affected by the repeal of the Affordable Care Act? Watch this video from ALL IN Alameda County to find out. “No one should have to worry about not having enough money to be well,” says one health center patient from LifeLong Medical Care.  We couldn’t agree more.  Thanks to persistent, loud advocacy by health center supporters, multiple attempts to repeal the bill in 2017 failed. But, we must remain vigilant in the face of future attempts to cut health care, including Medi-Cal benefits, from those who need it most.

2017 Event Highlights

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Day at the Capitol 2017

The Alameda Health Consortium led a successful Day at the Capitol in Sacramento on Wednesday, May 3rd with dynamic participation and moving stories from community health centers. Our delegation made a clear impression on lawmakers.  After leaving their offices, the Consortium received requests from lawmaker staff for additional information. The 35-member team of health center leaders, physicians, board members and staff, including community health workers – representing all eight health centers in the Consortium – look forward to carrying their energy forward as we continue to stay loud in the face of uncertainty.   In each visit delegates urged lawmakers to consider bills to improve care coordination and access to substance abuse and specialty mental health services. They also pointed out budget threats to the health care workforce, Newly Qualified Immigrant coverage, and pharmacy payment (340B).  Finally, they led frank discussions about the need to defend federal attacks on health care and on our immigrant patients.  With advocates committed to their patients and to the mission of providing healthcare for all, we can tackle the challenges ahead.   View more photos from the day here.

Celebrating ACA

On March 23rd, the 7th Anniversary of the signing of the Affordable Care Act, Alameda Health Consortium coordinated lunchtime events at 55 health center sites across the East Bay to congratulate community health center staff for their critical contribution to building healthy communities. Several elected officials, and representatives from 9 others, went to the various sites to thank the more than 1,500 staff gathered at the simultaneous noontime events to share how Medi-Cal expansion under the ACA has boosted their ability to serve people in their neighborhoods who would otherwise have gone without care.

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Celebrating ACA

On March 23rd, the 7th Anniversary of the signing of the Affordable Care Act, Alameda Health Consortium coordinated lunchtime events at 55 health center sites across the East Bay to congratulate community health center staff for their critical contribution to building healthy communities. Several elected officials, and representatives from 9 others, went to the various sites to thank the more than 1,500 staff gathered at the simultaneous noontime events to share how Medi-Cal expansion under the ACA has boosted their ability to serve people in their neighborhoods who would otherwise have gone without care.

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February 18 Town Halls

As members of Congress were home in their districts during winter recess, communities around the country gathered to voice their concerns, hopes and solutions for the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  Here in the East Bay, Alameda Health Consortium (AHC) worked with the offices of Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan and Congressman Eric Swalwell to host two dynamic and well-attended “Save ACA” events on February 18, part of a nationwide day of action.

Alameda Health Consortium 2016 Event Highlights

Voter Registration and Education, 2016

Alameda Health Consortium member health centers are helping to register their communities to vote. We join other health centers, community organizations and health agencies to provide voter education opportunities and other resources. A healthy community votes!

Election Key Dates

Voter Registration Deadline  Monday, October 24, 2016

Vote by Mail Period Begins  Monday, October 10, 2016

Last Day to Request Mail-In Ballot by Mail Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Vote-by-mail ballots that are personally delivered must be delivered no later than the close of polls at 8:00 p.m. on Election Day. Vote-by-mail ballots that are mailed must be postmarked on or before Election Day and received by your county elections office no later than 3 days after Election Day.

Election Day  Tuesday, November 8

Register online here

Election Key Dates

Voter Registration Deadline  Monday, October 24, 2016

Vote by Mail Period Begins  Monday, October 10, 2016

Last Day to Request Mail-In Ballot by Mail Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Vote-by-mail ballots that are personally delivered must be delivered no later than the close of polls at 8:00 p.m. on Election Day. Vote-by-mail ballots that are mailed must be postmarked on or before Election Day and received by your county elections office no later than 3 days after Election Day.

Election Day  Tuesday, November 8

Register online here

Other Online Resources

Community Health Votes

Nonprofit Votes

National Council of La Raza

Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO) MyHealthVotes

NAACP Voter Empowerment toolkit

Voter’s Edge – for information on what’s on your ballot

Voto Latino – Media campaigns aimed at Latinos engaged in democracy. See their VoterPal app to learn how to register friends.

California Primary Care Association (CPCA), Day at the Capitol, Sacramento, April 20, 2016

This event allows physicians, clinicians, directors, patients and health center advocates to engage in dialogue with legislators and legislative staff about budget and legislative priorities impacting community clinics and health centers.

California Primary Care Association (CPCA), Day at the Capitol, Sacramento, April 20, 2016

This event allows physicians, clinicians, directors, patients and health center advocates to engage in dialogue with legislators and legislative staff about budget and legislative priorities impacting community clinics and health centers.

National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) Policy & Issues Forum

Washington D.C., March 17-19, 2016: This event focused on the latest in state and federal government policies affecting Community Health Centers and health care for millions of Americans.

  • Health4All Campaign: Letter to the Editor 
    • The Alameda Health Consortium stands for the Health4All Campaign. Click here to read a letter to the editor our intern wrote to the Oakland Tribune and their parent website, Inside Bay Area, in response to MediCal expansion for undocumented children/youth.
  • Meet our 2015 Dream Resource Center Interns
    • During the months of June-August 2015, Michelle Lin and Katiuska Pimentel have been working on various projects relating to information on health resources for DACA/DAPA/ undocumented residents in Alameda County, including resource guidelines and an enrollment brochure. In addition, Katiuska and Michelle are responsible for putting together the 2015 Clinic Appreciation Award Video, creating alcohol consumption guideline educational material, and creating a storytelling template for future advocacy campaigns. They are also planning to produce outreach material from the stories of the undocumented and uninsured who receive medical coverage at our clinics.
    • In the photo: 2015 AHC’s intern Katiuska Pimentel, La Clinica de la Raza CEO Jane Garcia, and AHC’s intern Michelle LinInterns with CEO LC
  • Success for Community Health Centers Funding Advocacy Efforts!
    • The President has signed into law the Medicare and CHIP Re-authorization Act of 2015. This law includes a 2-year extension of critical mandatory funding for Community Health Centers, as well as for the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) and the Teaching Health Centers Graduate Medical Education (THCGME) Program. Click here to read more.
  • California Endowment Campaigns
    • Get Covered/ Asegúrate: A big part of being healthy is having access to preventative care. When the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was signed into law in 2010, The California Endowment saw an opportunity for millions of Californians to gain access to health coverage. So far, over 2 million Californians enrolled into Medi-Cal. Click here to learn more.
    • Health Happens with Prevention Campaign: The Endowment helped support more than 2 million Californians to enroll into Medi-Cal, however, millions are still uninsured  and the California Endowment continues to educate and enroll Californians into health care coverage. Click here to read more.                                                5
    • iAmerica Immigration Resource Fair, Alameda County, April 4, 2015: Working with the Alameda Labor Council, this event provided the community with immigration resources, AB 60 information, and health care enrollment assistance.