Health Care District Approves $4.6 Million Grant

Low-income, uninsured adults will be supported by the Peninsula Health Care District's new grant.

The Peninsula Health Care District (PHCD) Board of Directors recently approved a $4.6 million, two-year grant for the San Mateo County Health System for uninsured, low-income adults in the District.

The County Health System’s Access to Care for Everyone (ACE) Program adult enrollment has jumped by 90 percent over the past three years. At the same time, funding for this service has decreased by $18 million. There are currently 3,000 on the program’s waiting list.

The funds will be used for providing healthcare to these individuals, of which a quarter live in PHCD’s boundaries of Burlingame, Millbrae, San Bruno, Hillsborough, San Mateo and parts of Foster City and South San Francisco. The funding is expected to help about 1,000 residents.

“This is the right thing to do,” said District Board Chair Dan Ullyot in a statement. “Access to much-needed healthcare services is essential to the health of our community; and is embedded in this Board’s vision statement—that all residents of the District enjoy optimal health through education, prevention, and access to needed health care services.”

The grant will assist in coverage and transition into 2014 when the Affordable Care Act take effect. Those who will be helped by the grant and ACE are often adults who have lost their jobs or healthcare coverage, but do not qualify for Medi-Cal.

“This funding is vital,” said San Mateo County Supervisor Carole Groom in a statement. “The budget challenges continue to grow, as does the number of residents without coverage.”

Using the funds, County Health Chief Jean Fraser committed to certain goals, including assigning 20 percent of the waiting list to a primary care provider.

With the inclusion of this grant, PHCD will invest $8.95 million in community health grants in the next two years.  


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Jack Hickey July 31, 2012 at 06:40 PM
Hospital Districts, such as Sequoia and Peninsula, no longer own hospitals. They have "morphed" into Healthcare Districts which continue collecting property taxes which they then use to engage in pseudo-philanthropic activities. Sue Lempert pulls no punches in her latest column (Monday, July 30) in the San Mateo Daily Journal when she says; "In the case of the health care districts,they no longer serve a purpose for which they were created. They need to be dissolved . The taxes they collect should be transferred to the county to help pay for indigent care." ----I agree that they must be dissolved, but the question of where their property tax dollars and assets are distributed is another story. Distribution to other agencies within the district boundaries is likely, with schools the primary beneficiary.


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