WHAT: Contra Costa Health Services Director William Walker, MD, talks about the painful choices that must be made to balance the county’s budget in the latest CCHS podcast. The proposed budget cuts include a plan to exclude any Contra Costans who are undocumented, non-citizens, ages 19 and older from non-emergency outpatient services at CCHS Health Centers. Medical services will continue to be provided to all pregnant women and children. CCHS also will continue, as required by law, to provide emergency services and related inpatient care to everyone. In addition, significant cuts will be made to Public Health, Mental Health and the Contra Costa Regional Medical Center in Martinez.
WHEN: The proposed budget cuts will be implemented following approval by the County Board of Supervisors. Visit www.cchealth.org for a budget calendar.
WHY: Contra Costa County, like many other counties in California, is facing staggering budget deficits. CCHS was directed to cut $13.5 million to help balance the county budget. Restricting eligibility will save an estimated $6 million a year alone.
WHERE: The podcast, proposed budget cuts and other information is available at www.cchealth.org. A transcript of the podcast, which is a short audio presentation, also is available online. Anyone can access the podcast on the CCHS website through computers with MP3 and Internet capability.