The “Campaign for America’s Health Centers” has called a “National Mobilization Call-In Day” for today, Oct. 13, and among those participating will be the staff, patients and healthcare advocates from the Arroyo Vista Family Centers in Northeast Los Angeles.
From 8 a.m. until 2 p.m., they will take to the phones and call on members of Congress and the Obama Administration to protect the nation’s vital network of health care centers that serve as the safety net for financially struggling Americans. Arroyo Vista is inviting patients and people concerned about cuts to health care centers and programs like Medicaid and Medicare, to go to one of their Northeast Los Angeles area clinics to help make phone calls.
Working families have been hurt by the poor economy and today, many more of those families are dependent on health centers like Arroyo Vista for their health care needs. Yet budget debates on Capitol Hill continue to invite further funding cuts rather than recognize the vital role these health centers fill, said Alberto Vega, Arroyo Vista’s communication coordinator in a written statement.
Like Arroyo Vista, each one of these non-profit organizations is patient-centered, governed by a board with a patient majority, and each reduces emergency, hospital, and specialty care costs,
“At a time when families are still hurting and options are few, health centers are needed more than ever,” says Vega. “It is essential that we stand together at this time and speak with a united voice to protect the health of our community.”
The National Association of Community Health Centers says the “Health Centers program faces real threats to its future as a result of actions already taken by and proposals being considered in Congress.”
“Federal support for the expansion of health centers has already been reduced, dramatically impacting existing health centers, and proposals to the Medicaid program could potentially reduce health center revenues by half,” according to NACHC.
Vega said Arroyo Vista locations will provide patients with phones to call Congressional representatives and the White House as well as petitions, sample letters and paper so they can write to Members of Congress themselves. Education about how patients and concerned residents can follow up online will also be provided, he said.
Locations: Highland Park: 6000 N. Figueroa St, LA, 90042, call (323) 254-5221; Lincoln Heights: 2411 N. Broadway, LA 90031, call (323) 987-2000; El Sereno Huntington Drive: 4837 Huntington Dr North, LA 90032, call (323) 225-0024; El Sereno: 4815 N. Valley Blvd, Ste C, LA 90032, call (323) 222-1134; Loma Drive: 303 S. Loma Dr, Ste 202, LA 90017, (213) 201-5800
For more information, including a calendar of upcoming health promotion events, visit www.arroyovista.org.