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FCDCC approves resolution calling for Skilled Nursing Facilities

The Fresno County Democratic Central Committee approved the following resolution at its General Meeting April 3, 2013.

Resolution in Support of Hospital Distinct Part Skilled Nursing Facilities

WHEREAS California Democrats believe that health care is a human right and not a privilege and that meaningful access to such care is essential, and Democrats therefore “support the full funding of community clinics and health centers that serve low-income and homeless populations;” and

WHEREAS in the spring of 2013, the California state government intends to reduce Medi-Cal repayment rates to Hospital Distinct Part Skilled Nursing Facilities (DP/SNF) based on rates in effect in 2008 and to recoup funds for claims with dates of service beginning June 1, 2011.  These intended cuts and retroactive repayment recovery are not sustainable by district hospitals and therefore those hospitals may be forced to eliminate local access to these critical services; and

WHEREAS if these reductions and recoupment occur, they will cause (1) a devastating decrease in repayments of up to 30% for many facilities; (2) many District Hospitals to shift beds and/or close entire units; (3) many Medi-Cal beneficiaries to be transferred to other skilled nursing facilities, often significantly outside of their community, resulting in disruption in the continuity of care; (4) patients to be distant from their support networks of family and friends; (5) approximately 30% of transferred patients die shortly after their relocation as a result of trauma associated with the relocation; and (6) DP/SNF closures may result in significant economic disruption and hardship to the communities in which the DP/SNFs are located due to loss of jobs and related income

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Democratic Party opposes these rate reductions to the Medi-Cal program that will decrease access to care and disproportionately harm the most vulnerable among us, and encourages Democratic state legislators to introduce legislation to overturn such cuts and to provide even greater funding for rural hospitals.

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04 Apr
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FCDCC approves resolution calling for funding for John C. Fremont Hospital District

The Fresno County Democratic Central Committee approved the following resolution at its General Meeting April 3, 2013.

A Resolution of the Fresno County Democratic Central Committee asking for funding for John C Fremont Hospital District

WHEREAS President Obama has been expanding health care access through the Affordable Care Act, and the California Democratic Party Platform says that “health care is a human right not a privilege”, and that the party will “Work to strengthen Medi-Cal and Medicare and oppose efforts to privatize such programs”,  and

WHEREAS some of the Medi-Cal cuts enacted by Gov. Jerry Brown along with some of the requirements of the ACA are hitting rural hospital districts, in particular John C. Fremont Hospital District based in Mariposa, CA very hard, at a time that John C Fremont needs to build a new hospital due to earthquake safety requirements after having just spent $2 million on an electronic records system and

WHEREAS Mariposa County has an aging population without a base of young people to help pay for managed care services; and as  the next nearest emergency room, hospital and long-term care centers available to the residents of the county are at least an hour’s drive away; which means if John C. Fremont Hospital was to close its emergency room, clinics, hospital or long-term care facility many residents would be forced to move to be close to reliable medical care; and as John C Fremont Hospital is the closest hospital to Yosemite National Park and therefore a vital link to the millions of visitors that come to the park every year; therefore that a loss of John C Fremont will negatively impact the elderly, the youth and the visitors to the area

BE IT RESOLVED that the Fresno County Democratic Central Committee calls upon the Governor and the State Legislature to implement special funding specifically for the John C. Hospital, and

FURTHER BE IT RESOLVED that the Fresno County Democratic Central Committee calls upon Congress and the President to expand funding for rural counties in the Affordable Care Act.

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