April 16, 2024
Pharmaceuticals in a medication cupboard. FDA photograph by Michael J. Ermarth through Wikimedia Commons

The county Board of Supervisors Tuesday voted 4-0 in favor of proposals meant to make high quality healthcare extra accessible and reasonably priced for residents.

As proposed by Vice Chair Terra Lawson-Remer, the plan requires rising reimbursement charges for Medi-Cal recipients and cut back the price of prescribed drugs for San Diegans, through advocacy at federal and state authorities ranges.

In a information launch from Lawson-Remer’s workplace, the board additionally voted to nominate her and Supervisor Monica Montgomery Steppe to serve on a brand new advert hoc subcommittee that can:

  • evaluation data collected by Sarah Aghassi, interim chief administrative officer, and stakeholder suggestions
  • present methods and alternatives to extend Medi-Cal reimbursement charges, together with new or extra sources of funding
  • develop findings and suggestions submitted to the board

Though supportive of different proposal suggestions, Supervisor Jim Desmond solid a “no” vote on establishing an ad-hoc committee. He stated all supervisors must be concerned in terms of enter on Medi-Cal reimbursement.

Earlier than the vote, Lawson-Remer stated that Medi-Cal one of many points that “is actually technical … however it’s so essential to the lives of so many individuals.”

In keeping with Lawson-Remer’s workplace, almost 1 million individuals within the county — together with near 325,000 youngsters — depend on Medi-Cal, California’s Medicaid program, as a “very important assist system to safeguard their well being and well-being.”

American Hospital Affiliation knowledge reveals that hospitals obtained funds equal to solely 88 cents for each greenback spent on Medicaid sufferers in 2020, leading to underpayment totaling almost $25 billion, Lawson-Remer’s workplace stated.”The longstanding challenge of low reimbursement charges makes it more durable for individuals to seek out care, contributes to a scarcity of healthcare employees, and ends in extra San Diegans winding up the E.R. — which places an enormous pressure on the area’s whole healthcare system and impacts all of us,” stated Lawson-Remer.

“We should ship on the pledge of Medi-Cal and make sure that entry to healthcare isn’t a privilege restricted by circumstances, however a elementary proper upheld for all,” she added.

Supervisor Joel Anderson was absent from Tuesday’s assembly, as he was recovering from a minor medical process, in accordance with his workplace.

Metropolis Information Service contributed to this text.