Health Departments Gear up for Delayed Payments

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(Sacramento, CA)
Friday, February 6, 2009

Until lawmakers and the governor come up with a budget fix many state programs likely won’t be funded. That includes many health care services which are run by counties.

Dr. Glennah Trochet is Sacramento County’s health officer. She says services for chronically ill children are being affected.

“If the delay is too big we think that might end up in layoffs for our staff and that would certainly impact the programs.” 
Trochet says the county is scrambling to figure out what the delays would mean.
Around the state food stamp programs, centers for the developmentally disabled and some rural health clinics will also see payment delays. But, many counties are struggling with their own budget shortfalls. The State Controller says there’s not enough cash to go around and he’s required by law to pay schools and bond holders first.