ACT NOW: Send a letter of support increasing access to in-home asthma services in California

RAMP and our partners continue to move ahead to increase access to in-home asthma services, and we need your help! Please take a moment to submit a letter of support to Senator Pan and Assemblymember Arambula encouraging them to work with the CA Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) through the legislative budget process to support asthma education and environmental trigger assessments provided by qualified non-licensed professionals.

Background: Last year Governor Brown vetoed AB 391, which would have led to Medi-Cal reimbursement for certain asthma services provided by non-licensed professionals upon the recommendation of a licensed practitioner. Since the veto, staff from RAMP, Children Now and the California Pan Ethnic Health Network reengaged DHCS as well as California legislative leaders, Senator Pan and Assemblymember Arambula. Conversations with DHCS are ongoing. Simultaneously, Senator Pan and Assemblymember Arambula, as Chairs of the two budget subcommittees on health, are interested in using the legislature’s budget oversight to advance this issue. Budget hearings on the topic will happen in the Spring.

To help move this work forward, asthma stakeholders can show the Chairs, other budget subcommittee members and Governor Brown the widespread support for increasing access to key in-home asthma services such as patient education and environmental trigger assessments.

Here is a template letter. Please send a completed letter (or any questions) to RAMP’s Associate Director, Joel Ervice, Thank you for your support!

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