Capps Highlights Health Reform Benefits for Communities on the Central Coast

Press Release

Date: March 23, 2012
Location: Washington, DC

Ahead of the new health care reform law's two year anniversary, Congresswoman Lois Capps (CA-23) highlighted how the law has improved access to health care in communities up and down the Central Coast. As a result of the Affordable Care Act, community health centers, hospitals, doctors, and other health care providers in California's 23rd Congressional District have been awarded $8.5 million in public health grants to improve both access to and the quality of care.

Examples of these grants include funding for Community Health Centers of the Central to Coast to expand its school based health center program, funding for the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department to improve the care it delivers to Medicare beneficiaries and other patients, and funding for state-wide chronic disease prevention programs.

The Affordable Care Act is working to transform our health care system from one that focuses on treating illness to one that focuses on health, wellness, and prevention. Expanding the reach of community clinics in underserved communities on the Central Coast, addressing the root causes of expensive and challenging chronic diseases, and strengthening the primary care workforce to ensure that all Central Coast residents can see a doctor or dentist when they need a check-up are just a couple of the ways in which the district will be healthier in the long run," said Capps.

Congresswoman's Capps' legislation - which was incorporated into the Affordable Care Act - has allowed us to expand our school-based programs," said Ron Castle, Chief Executive Officer, Community Health Centers of the Central Coast (CHC). "These programs focus on preventive medical and dental care to keep children healthy and well in the school environment. We are honored to have received these funds, as well as other funds that will help us enhance our ability to deliver state-of-the-art health care to more individuals on the Central Coast. It is an honor to work with Congresswoman Capps as she continues to affect positive change for thousands of lives on the Central Coast."

In addition to strengthening and expanding access to insurance coverage, the Affordable Care Act includes a number of initiatives to improve public health, particularly in underserved communities, and support the health care workforce. On the Central Coast, portions of San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura Counties--including Santa Maria, Guadalupe, Lompoc, Orcutt, Paso Robles, and Oxnard--have been designated as areas in need of greater access to primary medical, dental, and behavioral healthcare. Investments from the law will expand the pool of providers for these areas, ensure that no community is without care.