Contra Costa County OKs $1.5 Million for Clinics, Orders Study
On Tuesday, Contra Costa County supervisors voted unanimously to use $1.5 million from county reserve funds to shore up county clinics that expect a jump in new patients, the Contra Costa Times reports.
Clinic officials expect about 5,500 undocumented adult immigrants to turn to the clinics for medical services following the county's elimination of most nonemergency care for undocumented immigrants last month. The cut is projected to save the county $6 million annually.
At its meeting, the board also called for a study to examine the county's options for covering the rising cost of health care services.Â The study could cost as much as $250,000; the county would use reserve funds to pay for it.
The county administrator will report to the board on the cost and timing of the study (Gafni, Contra Costa Times, 4/21).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.