L.A. MOBILE CLINIC KEY EXAMPLE OF COMMUNITYBENEFIT PROGRAMS THREATENED BY AB 975
Statewide Coalition Releases New Online Video Demonstrating Impact of Politically-Motivated Bill
In a new online video released today, the California Hospital Association(CHA) profiled an innovative mobile medical clinic program in Los Angeles County that would be
jeopardized by the passage of Assembly Bill (AB) 975, a costly and unnecessary rewrite of the state’s
community benefit requirements for nonprofit hospitals.
―I would say this is a quintessential community benefit program,‖ said Glenn Lopez , M.D., referring to
wheels‖ that serves communities throughout the San Fernando Valley five nights a
week.Dr. Lopez is program director of the mobile clinic, now in its fourth year, which is funded as acommunity benefit by Providence Health & Services
Southern California. The clinic primarily servesthose who have no insurance or are underinsured. The goal is to bring affordable health care directly intothe community and engage in proactive, preventive treatment in order to reduce costly visits to hospitalemergency rooms.The program has worked, according to Dr. Lopez, by significantly reducing emergency room repeatvisits. In its first two years, 21 percent of the patients served were referred by Providence emergencyrooms. None of those patients paid a return visit to those E.R.s.
―It’s made a big difference,‖ Pacoima resident Rosalva Hernandez said, referring to the treatment her mother has gotten for diabetes and high blood pressure. ―When we started, her medical condition washorrible. Now that we’re coming here, she’s doing a lot better.‖