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14B Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2001 Bulletin, Progressive, Record, A proposed revision to the state budget is out and it brings with it funding cuts for community clinics and health centers operating in the state. But more impor- tantly, the proposed $10 mil- lion budget cut could elimi- nate as many as 140,000 health care visits for the uninsured who depend on these community-based clin- ics as their only source for health care. The proposed budget cut would be made to the Ex- panded Access to Primary Care program. The EAPC m program was created to pro- vide funding to community clinics and health centers al- lowing them to care for Cali- fornia's uninsured popula-' tion. The EAPC program pro- vides comprehensive ser- vices to the medically indi- gent and uninsured popula- tion, including all relevant primary and preventative services to the medically in- digent and uninsured popula- tion, including all relevant primary and preventive care, pharmacy, laboratory and case management services. The existing resources and funding for the EAPC is still far less than what is actually needed statewide. The pro- posed suspension and a'by re- duction to this program would effectively close the doors to health care on thou- sands of people. The commu- nity clinics and health care centers are the only place where they can get primary care and preventive services for themselves and their fam- ilies. Without EAPC funding, many of the people would have no other option avail- i unlnsu able to them other than seek- ing costly emergency room care, usually after they have put off seeing a doctor (be- cause of cost) until their health problem becomes chronic. California today is home to 6.8 million uninsured. In the three short months since the September 11 attacks and the ensuing recession, the Cali- fornia Healthcare Founda- tion reports that the statewide demand for com- munity health center ser- vices and the number of uninsured, unemployed fami- 4~Ia.4.* t . 11EE SET UP DNLY NEW SERTA KING MATTRESSES SET Twin .. Full .... lee|eola I I I I I JI~ il IN BUSINESS 26 YEARS. OPEN MON.-SAT. 2830 MAIN STREET SUSANVILLE . 257-7788 Cal. U. 448528 -care lies has risen over 19 percent, and low-income According to the Bureau of without regard to their Labor Statistics, California tytopay. has seen a rise in its unem- While this cut in the ployment rate from 4.9 per- get could affect as cent in September 2000 to a 140,000 health care current rate of six percent. In the uninsured Shasta County alone, the un- state, locally it could employment rate rose to sev- thousands of people en percent. Many experts are out the Northstate. suggesting that this unem- "Our clinics have ployment rate will rise even vital part of this higher, which will result in for more than 20 more Californians without Pare Tupper, jobs and health coverage, rector for Shasta "Facing a drop not only for of Community the current proposed budget ters. "During that cuts, but that these initial re- doors have remainedi ductions could lead to greater for everybody, rel decreases in the future there- their ability to pay. by weakening our health care an important role safety net," said Carmela health care system in Castellano, Chief Executive nia and in our local Officer for the California Pri- nities and ade( mary Care Association. is vital to our on "Now more than ever we sion of providing must work towards ensuring health care to all." that our clinics funded to SCCHC, a network their full capacity so that 17 community clinic si they may continue to meet Shasta, Lassen and the needs of the uninsured, coNnties, was low income families and indi- 1997 as a collaboration viduals In California." pand access to quality ! The California Primary care and improve the Care Association was found- health of children and ed in 1994 to create a in our region. In2000, statewide, unified voice for delivered more thah community clinics and visits to more than health care centers. The ass- tients. ciation represents more than California's legisl 500 community clinics and will continue this health centers across Califor- cussionwhen nia that serve the uninsured in Sacramento advisory board plans Jan. 10-11 Members of the U.S. Bu- discuss issues in reau of Land Management's with that advisory Northeast California Re- Anyone interested source Advisory Council will come to address the discuss management of west- during a public ern juniper and use of the riod set for 4 p.m. on wood as a biomass fuel, when The advisory they meet Thursday and Fri- of 24 such BLM day, Jan. 10 and 11, in A1- the west, advises BLM turas, agers in Alturas, The meeting, open to the and Susanville on the public, begins at 1 p.m. Jan. range of natural 10, in the Conference Room of sues affecting the BLM Alturas Field Office, lands. Members 708 W. 12th Street. The meet- terests including ing concludes Jan. 11, at livestock grazing, about noon: mental groups, Additional agenda items archaeology, wild include an update on the burro management, Black Rock Desert-High Rock way vehicles, Native Canyon~ErniKs~ent "l~a118 Ne- ean eoneerns, lo4~et tional Conservation Area, ment and the public at wild horse and burro man- The council meets agement and land use plan- mately quarterly, ning. The council also will sessions open to the hear a presentation on the For more Modoc-Washoe Experimental tact BLM Public Stewardship Program, and Fontana at 252-5332. Continued from page 138 importantly, to the public who views and purchases art_ But it was a successful gamble, she said. Grant hunting and the ap- plication process is not new to Valladao. She has a suc- cessful record as a grant writer, pulling in funding to support the nonprofit pro- gram and procuring partner- ship funding for such pro- grams as the Plumas-Sierra County Fair. Grants aside, Valladao said that, without the California Arts Council's support, "We would not be in existence." Development The money generated by and for the arts, Valladao said, goes directly to the area's artists. In fact, "$150,000 goes right into the hands of local artists." "Isn't economic develop- ment about jobs?" Valladao asked about PCAC's place in the market place. The anmunt of money that the PCAC is able to help local artists earn has a "significant impact on the lives of peo- ple," she said. "None of them are what they're they're getting paid thing," she added. With iadao will have more seek grants to PCAC and possibly new programs. During the next six months, Valladao will be evaluating gram now under the "Does it fit with sion?" is one of the portant questions asking. "Can we afford to comes right behind question in :" While the "arts sion is as healthy as been," Valladao portant to evaluation grams and can be improved. In Valladao's good arts programs "significant forum for ing the quality of life, area. That has Plumas and needs to ue to happen, she said. The arts are "the the fire" of a said. Continued from page thought I was doing," Bergstrand said. Bergstrand said he fears the sheriff is trying to some- how place the blame for the scandal on him. "It appears to me that his problem--he is trying to put it on me. He's trying to make me the fall guy on that," Bergstrand said. As for Gardner's allegation that Bergstrand tried to orga- nize a palace coup, Bergstrand said that's a little dramatic. He said he wasn't trying to get support for his campaign for sheriff. Rather, Bergstrand said he and others met to try ure out how ployees felt about the scandal. Bergstrand said he that abodt half the ment was troubled bY the other half was not. "It Was a 50-50 Bergstrand said. Bergstrand, in Gardner's allel Bergstrand is the tried to remove wood from the by offering him a jo promised not to run, wanted Ha regardless of deputy ran for In fact, told Hagwood that make a good