Commission Tours County Health Facilities
Two members of the Little Hoover Commission members on Monday toured several Contra Costa County health care facilities as part of a study to address health care coverage gaps in California, the Contra Costa Times reports. The Little Hoover Commission is an independent state oversight agency that makes recommendations on improvements in state operations (Kleffman, Contra Costa Times, 9/12).
Commission Executive Director Stuart Drown said the county's facilities were chosen because of innovative programs that have been implemented (Kleffman, Contra Costa Times, 9/11).
For example, the commission members examined the Contra Costa Health Plan, a county-sponsored managed care plan that provides coverage to Medi-Cal and Medicare beneficiaries, county employees, some people employed by private businesses and some uninsured county residents. The plan covers about 72,000 county residents, including about 9,000 county employees and their dependents.
The commission also toured Pittsburg Health Center, La Clínica in Pittsburg and the Contra Costa Regional Medical Center in Martinez and held a forum on county health programs attended by community leaders, county officials, experts and health advocates (Contra Costa Times, 9/12).
The commission is expected to issue recommendations early next year (Contra Costa Times, 9/11).