Thursday, April 22, 2010

Health Care Reform Helps Clinics


OAKLAND, Calif. (KCBS) -- The passing of the health care reform bill is being embraced by Bay Area community clinics, who will benefit financially almost immediately.
The new law clears the way for $11 billion to be released to community clinics in the U.S. over the next five years.


”Some of that is implemented immediately, while the rest will be spread out over five years,” Garcia said. “We will be deliberate in our growth.”
She said there will be money for attracting more primary care physicians and for facility expansion as well.
Dr. William Walker, who heads the Contra Costa County Health Services Department, said the news is not quite as good at county clinics, as many provisions won’t take effect there until 2014.
”What we have to figure out is how to survive between now and 2014,” Walker said. “That will be a major budget discussion for us this year.”
Walker said he is happy the new health care reform law passed, but he knows that county health clinics are still facing a major financial burden.
He said he will continue to work with county supervisors on attracting additional funding before the major provisions take effect.

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