The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has dramatically increased the revenue from Medicaid (Medi-Cal in California), significantly lowered County costs, and expanded access to patients seeking services within the County health care system. Medicaid now provides health care coverage to 40% of San Joaquin County residents, nearly 300,000 individuals (2016 County population: 733,383). Of these enrollees, 73,773 became newly eligible under ACA Medicaid Expansion.
For San Joaquin General Hospital, San Joaquin County Clinics (the County Federally Qualified Health Centers -Look Alike) and San Joaquin County Behavioral Health Services, the Medicaid Expansion (MCE) to childless adults has been the most significant and positive change of the ACA. This population had previously been uninsured and considered indigent under California statute. This population is typically very low income (under 200% of the Federal Poverty Level), homeless or housing insecure, and disconnected from preventive services or the health care system, accessing it only episodically - and most expensively – in hospital emergency departments, crisis mental health units, or in jail.
The expanded health care delivery infrastructure and population served by MCE is most in jeopardy with any repeal or (unknown) replacement of the ACA. If federal payments for this optional expansion are repealed and California ends or curtails this program, these enrollees would once again become uninsured.
Please see the following three documents which outline the impacts of the potential repeal of the ACA:
Flu seasons are unpredictable and can be severe. Even healthy people can get very sick from the flu and spread it to others. Getting an annual flu vaccine is the first and best way to protect yourself and your family from the flu.
The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death.
Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu shot now (it takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body). The more people who get vaccinated, the more people will be protected from flu, including older people, very young children, pregnant women and people with certain health conditions who are more vulnerable to serious flu complications. In addition, frequent handwashing, covering your cough & sneeze, and staying home if you are sick can help stop the spread of influenza.
Flu shots are offered at many doctor’s offices, clinics, pharmacies, college health centers and San Joaquin County Public Health Services, as well as by many employers, and even by some schools. To find a location near you, type your zip code into the “Flu Vaccine Finder” on this page.
Consuming fewer calories, making informed food choices, and getting daily exercise are key factors to maintaining a healthy weight, reducing your risk of chronic disease and promoting your overall health. Starting January 17, 2017, Public Health Services is offering FREE classes that focus on improving nutrition and physical activity.
The classes are held at 420 S. Wilson Way, Stockton 95205. You do not need to register and “drop-ins” are welcome at any of the classes. For more information, call 209-468-8367. To see the full schedule and topics of the classes, Click Here
Consumir menos calorías, elegir alimentos saludables y ejercicio diario son factores clave para mantener un peso saludable, reducir el riesgo de enfermedades crónicas y la promoción de su salud en general. Comenzando el 17 de enero, los Servicios de Salud Pública están ofreciendo clases GRATUITAS que se centran en mejorar la nutrición y la actividad física.
Las clases serán ofrecidas en 420 S. Wilson Way, Stockton 95205. No es necesario registrarse y todos son bienvenidos en cualquiera de las clases. Para obtener más información, llame al 209-468-8360. Para ver el horario completo y los temas de las clases, haga clic aquí
Public Health Services (PHS) works to protect the public's health and promote a healthy future for all residents. The just released Annual Report for 2015 provides a snapshot of the work and services provided this past year. It reviews selected data and program information, highlights some successes and challenges, and mentions a few of the main issues to address during 2016.