Website and database of low, no-cost healthcare providers assists Spanish-speaking Californians
SACRAMENTO – April 9, 2012 – Californians for Patient Care, a leading independent patient advocacy organization, announced the launch of its Spanish-language website and online database which provides access to more than 5,000 low- and no-cost healthcare resources in California.
“Nearly 60 percent of California’s uninsured are Latino and we are pleased to offer the Latino community a trusted resource with a variety of information about how to navigate our complicated healthcare system,” said Carmella Gutierrez. “Our Spanish-language website offers culturally and linguistically appropriate information about connecting to affordable healthcare options and many other issues of importance to the Latino community.”
People can access the Spanish-language website by visiting www.calpatientcare.org, then choosing the “Español” option at the top of the page. To access the database of low- and no-cost healthcare resources, web visitors click on the blue button on the left, labeled “Busque Servicios Gratuitos o de Bajo Costo en Su Area.” After typing in basic search information such as city or county and category of resource, Californians can find a comprehensive list of local healthcare providers and programs that provide primary, dental and mental healthcare services to the uninsured and underinsured. Along with information on local dental care and healthcare service providers, CPC also provides information on chronic disease management, how to shop for health insurance, updated information on the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and links to helpful organizations and websites.
Recent statistics from the White House show that Latinos will make up roughly 28 percent of the 32 million uninsured Americans projected to gain medical coverage under the ACA. One of the goals of CPC’s Spanish-language website is to ensure that Latinos in California can access updated and easy-to-understand information and benefits about the new health law.
Annually, Californians for Patient Care assists more than 50,000 Californians locate affordable healthcare in their communities on its English-language site and those numbers are expected to increase significantly with the launch of the Spanish-language site.
“Given there are nearly 8 million people without insurance in California, it is clear more people need to know about the low- and no-cost healthcare resources in their communities, which is why we are also launching a television public service announcement (PSA) campaign statewide in both English and Spanish,” said Gutierrez. “We want every Californian to know that regardless of their economic circumstances, there are places to get the care they need, when they need it.”
Californians for Patient Care is a non-profit organization based in Sacramento dedicated to protecting the interests of patients and ensuring all California consumers have fair and equitable access to high quality healthcare. For more information, visit www.calpatientcare.org.
STOCKTON, CA – Prior to 2011 the Downtown Stockton Alliance held a farmers market in downtown Stockton
By Jacquie Marroquín
During the recent Women in the World Conference in Washington D.C., Liberian Nobel Peace Prize Winner Leymah Gbowee said, “Women need to stop being politely angry.” She was referring to the ever-escalating war on women’s access to reproductive care in the United States. This powerful statement made by this equally powerful woman begged the questions: Where are the angry women? (A question she also asked.) And exactly how angry are we?
It’s impolite and unreasonable women who have been behind every Women’s Movement victory, from the right to vote to the right to choose. We are living in urgent times. If we are going to fight back against the assault on women we must be impolite. In fact, we must be downright vulgar and unreasonable in defense of our bodies, our health and our choices.
We win when we channel artists like Favianna Rodriguez, whose latest poster series succinctly captures the rational reaction to the Republican war on women: “Keep ur government off my $#@!%.”
We defeated Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell by voicing our outrage when he introduced a bill that would force women to undergo medically unnecessary trans-vaginal ultrasounds with plastic probes after a woman made the difficult choice to have an abortion. Awesome !!!
We win when our impolite anger extends to the occupation of social networking pages belonging to those Republican state legislators who mistakenly believe the right to govern our bodies is up for negotiation. We bombarded said pages with sarcastic questions about those pesky problems with periods, cancer, pregnancy, vaginal probes, abortion and contraception. Not one question was answered. We were vocal and they were stunned silent. Mission accomplished.
When the Susan B. Komen Foundation made the disastrous decision to defund Planned Parenthood, they immediately felt the wrath of angry masses. Not only did it spur a fierce online campaign calling out the foundation for playing politics with women’s health, but also this reaction from a former supporter who told the Susan B. Komen Foundation to “Kiss my a@#!” Boom! Win again!
Let me be crystal clear with both Republican and Democrat politicians: Your insistence to legislate women’s health and reproductive choice is not up for discussion. Period.
Roe v. Wade is the law of the land. There will be no negotiation. Period.
We will channel comedienne Anjelah Johnson and say, “We will cut you!” Then, we will write a song about it that Paquita la del Barrio will headline in her next tour called “Me Están Oyendo, Ratas de dos Patas?” (Are you listening two legged Rat?) Your insistence to control women’s health, bodies and choice couched under your right to freedom and faith will be met with consistent, impolite, unapologetic and downright vulgar righteous indignation. And make no mistake. Women. Will. Win.
We are taking the war from cyberspace to streets across the country on April 28th for the Unite Against the War on Women protests. If you’re ready to stop being politely angry, join a protest in your state. By offering our brand of unapologetic, impolite anger, we honor Nobel Peace prizewinner Leymah Gbowee and say:
We are paying attention.
We are angry.
We will not stand down.
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