Policy Agenda

Asset 2

We Advocate For:

  • 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
  • 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

Recent Results

  • 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 (NACHC) to advocate successfully that Congress extend federal Community Health Center funding through 2017
  • 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 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