SAN DIEGO, CA – (April 30, 2024) Family Health Centers of San Diego is proud to be a member of the Coalition to Protect Access to Care. The coalition, made up of doctors, healthcare workers, community health centers, health plans and emergency responders, is supporting a proposed ballot measure to permanently use dedicated funding to support Medi-Cal providers such as hospitals, physicians, women’s health and community clinics and health centers.

The coalition helped submit more than 800,000 signatures to qualify the Protect Access to Healthcare Initiative for the November 2024 ballot. This ballot measure proposes to permanently use dedicated funding to support Medi-Cal providers such as hospitals, physicians, women’s health and community clinics and health centers. These tax dollars will bring more federal funds back to California and improve access to critical healthcare services.

Family Health Centers of San Diego CEO Fran Butler explained the importance of the initiative, “Medi-Cal is a program closely tied to our mission of helping low-income children, families, people with disabilities, older adult populations and the unhoused to have access to high-quality medical care. We are proud to begin the process of having this program supported permanently.”

Senate President pro Tempore Mike McGuire (D- North Coast) also emphasized the importance of the initiative, “As hospitals scale back essential services like maternity care, and others shutter their doors entirely, this will provide stability in our healthcare system, making it easier for the millions of Californians on Medi-Cal to get an appointment with a doctor or a specialist, keep hospitals, clinics and doctors office open, and reduce emergency room wait times across the state — without raising taxes on patients or consumers.”

Why Medi-Cal is Important                                       

California’s Medicaid program, known as Medi-Cal, provides health insurance to low-income children, families, people with disabilities, homeless and elderly populations. More than 15 million Californians and nearly 50 percent of children get their healthcare through the Medi-Cal program, making it an essential program for preventive and routine care for kids.

What the Initiative Will Achieve

Specifically, the initiative will:

  • Expand access to preventive healthcare for Medi-Cal patients, leading to fewer costly emergency room visits and shorter wait times for all Californians.
  • Protect existing healthcare funds and require them to be spent to keep hospitals, clinics and doctors’ offices open, and expand access to healthcare.
  • Help California to manufacture its own insulin and other prescription drugs for much lower prices than exist currently.

When qualified, the initiative will appear on the November 2024 ballot. For more information, visit AccessToHealthcareCA.com

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About Family Health Centers of San Diego

For over 50 years, Family Health Centers of San Diego’s (FHCSD) mission has been to provide caring, affordable, high-quality health care and supportive services to everyone, with a special commitment to uninsured, low-income and medically underserved persons. FHCSD is one of the nation’s ten largest FQHCs, operating over 70 sites across San Diego County and providing care to more than 227,000 patients each year, of whom 93% are low-income and 29% are uninsured.