Tell Gov. Brown: Protect county safety net funding

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SEIU Local 521 county workers stand in the front-line of making sure the Affordable Care Act truly brings accessible, quality healthcare to all – and that includes the some of the most vulnerable populations that rely on our traditional public safety-net hospitals.

After healthcare reform is adopted, three to four million Californians will still remain uninsured and will depend on the county safety net made up of public hospitals, county health centers and community clinics.

But if the Governor gets his way, those institutions – including our jobs and the services we provide – may be in jeopardy.

We cannot allow the governor to weaken public health services by cutting county healthcare funding.

It is up to us to protect existing county healthcare funding and strengthen our public healthcare systems to cover the indigent and residually uninsured AND commit to keeping that money with the county.

Only a dozen counties operate public hospitals and SEIU 521 members work in four of them: San Mateo, Monterey, Kern, and Santa Clara counties.

It’s time we speak up.
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