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Innovative Mobile Health Van in San Joaquin County Threatened by AB 503; Services for Underserved at Risk
PR Newswire

Three days a week, the St. Joseph’s Medical Center CareVan is dispatched to locations throughout San Joaquin County, taking free health care services directly into the community. But that program’s future is in doubt due to harmful legislation now pending at the State Capitol.  AB 503 (Wieckowski/Bonta) would impose costly and unrealistic mandates on nonprofit hospitals, reducing the ability to carry out effective community benefit programs like the CareVan.

The California Department of Finance issued its own warning this week, saying the bill is “unnecessary and will likely increase costs to the state.”  According to the Department’s Bill Analysis, AB 503 would cost an estimated $1.7 million in 2015-16, rising to $1.8 million the following year.  Additionally, the bill “misaligns state and federal law,” according to Finance officials.