For immediate release: Monday, December 16, 2019
For more information contact:
Rachel Linn Gish, Director of Communications, Health Access California, 916-532-2128 (cell)
HEALTH ACCESS CALIFORNIA ENDORSES SCHOOLS & COMMUNITIES FIRST INITIATIVE
The 2020 November ballot initiative will raise vital funds for local governments that could help bolster health care services
SACRAMENTO, CA – Today, Health Access California announced it’s endorsement of the Schools & Communities First initiative. The initiative, which just reached it’s 25% signature threshold, could reclaim $12 billion every year for schools and local communities by closing corporate property tax loopholes. These resources would be a boon for counties, which have a primary responsibility in providing health and human services in their communities. Counties provide a broad range of public health functions, from running public hospitals and emergency rooms, to behavioral health services like alcohol and substance abuse programs, to environmental health monitoring. Counties also have the primary responsibility to provide care to those who otherwise would have no source of care. In about a dozen counties where a majority of Californians live, this funding could help the local public hospitals and emergency rooms, providing quality health care to everyone, regardless of insurance status or ability to pay.
Here is a statement on the endorsement from Anthony Wright, executive director of Health Access California:
“Health and patient groups support the Schools & Communities First initiative as an opportunity to better fund not just the education of our children but also the key local health and human services that they and we all rely on. Resources raised by the initiative could help support our public hospitals and emergency rooms, providing more local investment in the face of potential health cuts at the federal level.”
“To meet real needs in our communities, counties require additional resources for mental and behavioral health programs, health care for uninsured people, social services for homeless families and other distressed communities, and broader public health efforts to stop the spread of disease and provide for healthier neighborhoods for everyone. This initiative will provide California counties with the help they need to fulfill their responsibility and expectation as major providers of health and human services.”
Health Access California is the statewide health care consumer advocacy coalition, bringing together dozens of other member organizations representing seniors, people with disabilities, children, immigrants, communities of color, health care professionals, people of faith, labor, women, low-income families, and communities throughout California.