Speier to discuss health care bill in Daly City

Congresswoman Jackie Speier, D-California

April 7, 2010 10:22:14 AM PDT
Congresswoman Jackie Speier, D-San Mateo, is sitting down with hospital officials today to discuss the impact in San Mateo County of the national health care bill passed last month.

The roundtable discussion will cover various impacts of the health care bill for residents within Speier's district, as well as the benefits to local hospitals.

According to Speier's office, coverage will be improved within her district for the 472,000 residents with health insurance and the 11,000 uninsured residents who will be able to obtain health care.

Up to 94,000 families and 17,300 small businesses will be given tax credits and other assistance to help them afford coverage as well, and 600 families will be protected from bankruptcy due to unaffordable health care costs, according to Speier's office.

In addition, 44,000 young adults in Speier's district will be able to obtain coverage from their parents' insurance plans, and 7,400 residents with pre-existing conditions will be guaranteed to obtain health care.

The health care bill will also benefit hospitals in San Mateo County by providing millions of dollars in new funding for 13 community health centers and by reducing the cost of uncompensated care for hospitals and other health care providers by $46 million annually, according to Speier's office.

Mills-Peninsula Health Services CEO Robert Merwin, San Mateo Medical Center CEO Susan Elrich, Sequoia Hospital Development and Community Relations Vice President JoAnn Kemist, Seton Medical Center/Seton Coastside President and CEO Lorraine Auerbach, Seton Medical Center/Seton Coastside Medical Staff Services and Business Development Vice President Tim McMurdo, and Hospital Consortium of San Mateo County Executive Director Francine Serafin-Dickson are scheduled to attend the discussion.

Members of the press have been invited to attend the event as well.

The roundtable discussion will take place from 1:15 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Seton Medical Center at 1900 Sullivan Ave. in Daly City.


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