News Release

Innovative Mobile Health Van in San Joaquin County Threatened by AB 503; Services for Underserved at Risk
State Department of Finance Calls Bill “Unnecessary,” Likely to Increase Health Care Costs

(STOCKTON – August 7, 2014)  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.