Welcome to the California State Rural Health Association!

Telehealth is front and center today!

August 3, 2017.  Today at a press conference, the Veterans Administration demonstrated telehealth to the President while announcing a large expansion on telehealth services for veterans.  A short demo was presented and Dr. David Shulkin discussed the VA Video Connect application that will allow telehealth from Veterans phones and computers.  Good news for our rural veterans and all those that provide services to our veteran community! 

Don’t take my health care

If you don’t like what is going on with health care, you need to become involved with CSRHA and other organizations that support nonpartisan grassroots efforts to make sure that rural’s voice is heard. There has never been a more important time for health care and rural health care.  In the early 1970’s health advocates pushed for healthcare as a “right” not a “privilege”.  Fifty years later, we are seeing what is perhaps the biggest reduction in access to health care since the 70’s.

Check out The Kaiser Family Foundations website to get great information on ACA repeal.  http://kff.org/health-reform/

We can’t afford to leave our voice to someone else.  We urge you to let your elected officials know how you feel about the repeal of “ObamaCare”.    If you are not a member of CSRHA, we urge you to join.  Your support allows us to do more to Advocate, Collaborate and Educate.

Your voice is needed! - Now is the time to be LOUD!

Update - July 27, 2017 from the National Rural Health Association: Your members of Congress want to hear your voice on health care reform. To call a member of the Senate, phone the U.S. Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask for your Senator. Then, let your Senator know

Any repeal and replace efforts must provide improved access to care in rural America and ensure vulnerable and underserved rural American are not left without access to care. At minimum, Congress needs to address Medicaid, insurance market reform and stopping bad debt cuts to rural hospitals.

Why is the timing so important now? The Senate began its remaining 8 hours of debate time at 10 a.m.  The Senate is expected to begin an extensive series of votes on amendments beginning at 2:15 pm ET.  A vote on final passage could be late tonight or tomorrow.  It is critical our rural amendments get added to the Senate bill now. 

The bill language is still unclear, but it appears that Republicans are leaning toward offering a "skinny" version of a repeal bill, which would only repeal certain portions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) such as the mandates and certain taxes.  If this version of the bill passes, the goal would be to conference the bill with the House-passed American Health Care Act.  If our amendments are not included in the Senate bill, they cannot be included in a conferenced bill.

The Senate held two votes yesterday afternoon on the rural health care reform that failed. The first vote was on repealing significant portions of the ACA. The vote failed 45-55. In 2015, a similar bill to repeal parts of the ACA without replacement was passed by Congress but vetoed by President Obama. The Senate then held a vote to remove Medicaid language from the bill and send the bill back to Committee.  The vote failed 48 to 52.

Late last night, both Republican and Democratic amendments failed as votes continued in the early evening on the Senate Republican efforts to repeal and replace the ACA.