County Health Agency Considers New Oversight Committee
The San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency on Monday proposed that the county develop an advisory committee to find new sources of public aid and improve the quality of care for low-income, uninsured patients, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
The proposal is a response to a consultant's report in July that found discrepancies in how the county managed programs for low-income, uninsured patients, which rely on funding from private and not-for-profit sectors.
The proposed committee would find new sources of aid from state and federal programs for low-income patients, as well as lobby for expansions to existing programs. The committee also would recommend options for spending $5 million in unspent funds that had been allocated for treating low-income patients.
County officials would make final spending decisions for any committee recommendations.
The Board of Supervisors next Tuesday will vote on the proposal (McDonald, San Diego Union-Tribune, 12/5).