Delivering Care in Uncertain Times

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The PBS NewsHour featured Tiburcio Vasquez Health Center on June 29th.  CEO David B. Vliet made the case for why health centers like the Firehouse Clinic care for their communities’ unmet health care needs, save the health system and taxpayers money, and why cuts to Medi-Cal would have devastating consequences.

“The uncertainty over health care in Washington is causing worry here in South Hayward. Cuts to Medicaid could reduce a key funding stream for this clinic, keeping it from being self-sustaining in the coming years. And that’s a concern for providers and patients alike.”

DAVID B. VLIET: Ultimately, it means that more folks cannot be seen in a health center like this, and would not have a paying source in order to do that.”