CEO Welcome Letter
Once again, Neighborhood Healthcare has a year of exciting and significant accomplishments toward fulfilling its mission. We’re proud that 67,000 children and adults benefitted from the expertise and compassion of our 650 employees who provided medical, dental, behavioral healthcare and chiropractic care at our 11 health centers in San Diego and Riverside counties.
The expansion of the Medi-Cal (California’s name for the federal Medicaid program) eligibility to include childless low income adults was part of the federal healthcare reform legislation. The financial barriers to comprehensive care for adults was eliminated, and they could afford to take care of their chronic illnesses and see specialists if needed. At this point, one in three Californians have Medi-Cal because they are low income.
As Congress considers changes to the federal Medicaid program, there likely will be a significant impact on California’s Medi-Cal program. Neighborhood Healthcare will continue to focus on assuring access to care, steadily improving our services and clinical outcomes, so those who rely on us can be assured that those most in need have a home at Neighborhood Healthcare.
The coming years may be challenging, but with a history of 48 years of advocating for healthcare for those without health insurance, we know we can’t let our patients down and will be there for them.
Tracy Ream, Chief Executive Officer