Thank's to the hard work of community leaders, health advocates and residents, Fresno County Board of Supervisors agreed to provide care to undocumented Fresnans through a limited, short-term specialty care program, in a 3 - 2 vote, with Supervisors Borgeas and Poochigian voting no.
For more than a year, Fresno Building healthy Communities leaders and health advocates have been leading the effort to save Fresno's health care safety net to ensure the #Health4AllFresnans.
In November 2014, Fresno County Board of Supervisors voted to remove eligibility for MISP for undocumented Fresnans effective December 1, 2014. Since then, undocumented Fresnans lost the only source of disease management care forcing patients to rely on emergency rooms.
Fresno Building Healthy Communities, in partnership with Assemblymember Henry T. Perea helped secure $5.5 million in budget flexibility to provide short-term specialty health care to Fresno County's undocumented, which the Board voted to accept.
Today, the Board approved an agreement between the county, local community clinics like Clinica Sierra Vista, and our local hospitals like Community Regional Medical Center, which will provide limited specialty health care to undocumented Fresnans beginning April 20, 2015 through April 19, 2016, or until funds are depleted.