NEWSWATCH

The Children’s Clinic Receives Federal Funds To
Add Health Care Services In Westside Long Beach

By Samantha Mehlinger - Staff Writer

November 19, 2013 – The Children’s Clinic is receiving $379,167 from the U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Department to establish new health center services in Long Beach. The funds are part of $30.6 million in Affordable Care Act grants from HHS to establish 46 new health center sites in California.

“California health centers are key partners in the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, and new health center sites will increase access to those who need it most,” HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in a statement. HHS Health Resources and Services Administration Administrator Mary K. Wakefield, Ph.D., said in a statement, “With these new funds, health centers will provide more individuals and families in California with access to high-quality affordable health care.”

The funds “will allow The Children’s Clinic to serve additional patients in West Long Beach as well as provide mobile integrated services to the community,” Penelope Leon, Director of Development and Communications for The Children’s Clinic, told the Business Journal via e-mail.

A van is to be purchased to help reach homeless individuals in Westside Long Beach who do not have access to health care, Leon explained. Additional uses for the funds will be announced at a later date.

In July, the Children’s Clinic was the recipient of $153,930 from HHS to fund outreach and enrollment programs for Covered California, the state health insurance exchange. Leon said that, since receiving those funds, The Children’s Clinic has hired two full-time and two part-time enrollment specialists to assist in outreach and education about insurance coverage. The Children’s Clinic has a total of 11 full-time and two part-time employees assigned to this task.

“These employees and the new enrollment specialists are in the process of completing all state- and federal-required consumer assistance training. In addition, The Children’s Clinic is developing new patient orientation curriculum,” Leon explained.

Additionally, Leon said the funds are being use to coordinate “outreach and enrollment assistance efforts by providing ongoing training and collaboration with other health centers through the California Primary Care Association and Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County.”

Leon continued, “Additional partners in this effort include the Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services; Families in Good Health; Los Angeles Department of Public Social Services; Los Angeles County Department of Health Services; Department of Housing and Urban Development; Long Beach Unified School District; Pacific Asian Counseling Services; and Khmer Girls in Action.”

Founded in 1939, The Children’s Center provides health care services for both adolescents and adults. For more information about the center, visit www.thechildrensclinic.org.