Senator Visits Arroyo Vista Family Health Clinic

By EGP News Report

California State Senator Ed Hernandez (24th District) had a homecoming of sorts on Tuesday when he visited a local Arroyo Vista Family Health Clinic. Hernandez, who is a trained optometrist, had one of his first jobs at the Arroyo Vista clinic in Highland Park.

During his visit and tour of Arroyo Vista’s Lincoln Heights facility, located on North Broadway, he discussed national health care reform.

Hernandez said the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is the most important healthcare policy since the inception of Medicare. Hernandez is the chair of the Senate Committee on Health, he authored Senate Bill 961, approved by the Senate in May, which prevents insurance companies and health plans from denying coverage or charging excessive premiums on those who have preexisting health conditions.

Hernandez said ACA must be implemented in a way to improve the distribution of health care providers and the accessibility of health care to the medically underserved and traditionally uninsured.

Clinics like Arroyo Vista will play a vital role in meeting the healthcare needs of newly insured patients once the healthcare reform takes effect in 2014, he said.

Arroyo Vista is preparing for the implementation of healthcare reform. A recent staff retreat focused on the law, and their five clinics have all recently transitioned to an electronic records system, according to Arroyo Vista CEO Lorraine Estradas.

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July 26, 2012  Copyright © 2012 Eastern Group Publications, Inc.


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