We’ve worked for years for the opportunity to expand coverage and improve our health system, nationally, in California. But now we’ll see if it pays off in the county with one of the worst uninsured crises in the state and nation, Fresno.
The Fresno County Board of Supervisors has an historic opportunity to draw down new federal funds to expand coverage to approximately 12,000 county residents and provide as many as 550 new jobs as part of the Low-Income Health Program (LIHP).
Yet on Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors is scheduled to vote on withdrawing from the program, and to reject those federal funds.
After you’ve called the Board members, also call the County Administrative Officer and ask him to do the same: Click here to make a second call to County Administrative Officer John Navarrette.
The Affordable Care Act expands Medicaid in 2014 to up to 2 million Californians, largely those who are below the poverty level but do not qualify for assistance now. Under a special agreement with the state and federal government, the LIHP allows California to start these expansions early, with 50/50 federal matching funds. The county doesn’t have to spend more money, just the resources that already go to indigent care, to draw down these federal funds.
All 58 California counties, including Fresno, have begun planning to implement LIHP but on Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors will consider withdrawing the county from the program.
Should the Board vote next week to withdraw, Fresno County stands to lose as much as $50 million in federal funds over the next two years and would be the first and only county in the state not to participate in the program.
Please join community members, clergy, health care providers, and other consumer advocates for a county-wide call-in day urging members of the Board not to withdraw from the LIHP.
You can also show your support by attending the Board of Supervisors meeting tomorrow. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Fresno County Board of Supervisors Meeting
Tuesday, September 20th from 9 am to 2 pm
Fresno County Hall of Records – Room 301
2281 Tulare Street, Room 301, Fresno, CA 93721
Contact the Board of Supervisors at:
Henry Perea – Phone: (559) 600-3000
Susan Anderson – Phone: (559) 600-2000
Phil Larson – Phone: (559) 600-1000
Debbie Poochigian – Phone: (559) 600-5000
Judy Case – Phone: (559) 600-4000
County Administrative Officer John Navarrette: (559) 600-1710