State Senator Anthony Cannella (R-Ceres) today issued the following statement following the failure of SB 841, regarding increased funding for the San Joaquin Valley Program in Medical Education (SJV PRIME) program, in the Senate Appropriations committee:
“Even with the failure of SB 841, I remain committed to ensuring that access to care in the Central Valley is increased. SJV PRIME is an innovative program that brings more physicians to the region. The San Joaquin Valley is disproportionately affected by California’s physician shortage with access to health care 31% lower than the rest of the state.
I will work with UC Merced and the program to pursue other avenues for funding. I will also look for other opportunities to support programs that increase our access to quality health care. We will struggle to meet the goals set forth by Covered California if we do not take immediate action.”
SB 841 was held in the Appropriation committee’s suspense file as the cost to the state was over $50,000. The bill was not included in those to be passed through the committee and to the Senate floor. In March, SB 841 received unanimous, bipartisan support by the Senate Education committee.