Policy Agenda

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We Advocate For:

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  • Access to affordable primary care, behavioral health care and dental care for all low-income communities in Alameda County and neighboring counties
  • Access to affordable specialty care services, particularly for the uninsured
  • Increased integration and coordination of services (medical, dental, behavioral) to ensure quality of care
  • Policies and initiatives that promote health equity and work to eliminate health disparities, particularity among our racial and ethnic minority communities
  • Simplified and streamlined Medi-Cal and other health coverage enrollment systems
  • Supporting the operational and financial viability of community health centers
  • Expanding access to quality care for low-income communities during the transition to the Affordable Care Act in 2014 and beyond, regardless of socio-economic and immigration status

Advocacy Activities

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  • As part of the Census 2020 Alameda County Complete Count Committee regional stakeholder groups, we work collaboratively to maximize participation in Census 2020. This committee utilizes local knowledge, coordinate connections and convey timely messages to our networks, service populations and hard-to-count communities.
  • Alameda Health Consortium has continued to partner with the East Bay Naturalization Collaborative to host Naturalization Workshops through our health centers. Workshop participants learn about the naturalization process and those eligible for naturalization receive vouchers for legal assistance with their applications.
  • Help organize and implement pre-comment period Town Hall on Public Charge with Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan as well as a post-comment period Roundtable on Public Charge with Congressman Ro Khanna (CA-17). Both these activities were to inform our service partners, community members and underserved populations about the economic, health and emotional toll of the proposed rule change to Public Charge as well as to mobilize and take action.
  • Voter registration activities

Successes

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  • Secured funding commitment from the Alameda County Board of Supervisors for the current year to subsidize health center services for 21,000 low-income uninsured patients and to improve access and behavioral health integration
  • Worked in concert with other regional consortia and our National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) to advocate successfully that Congress extend federal Community Health Center funding through 2019
  • Built collaborations with the County and provided training and technical assistance to health centers on integrated behavioral health, resulting in a 240% increase in the number of patients who got a visit with a behavioral health professional
  • Secured Mental Health Services Act funding for each of the eight Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) in the Alameda Health Consortium to create a new care coordinator position to support referrals and care transitions of patients moving between the FQHCs and specialty mental health organizations
  • Led FQHC payment reform efforts as part of the California Primary Care Access (CPCA) and CAPH team negotiating with the California Department of Health Care Services; FQHC payment reform pilots were included in California’s 1115 Medicaid Waiver proposal, approved by CMS December 30, 2015