As part of the Community Programs Division of the San Francisco Department of Public Health, the AB 75 Project (AB 75) supports and pays for indigent medical care provided by local hospitals and physicians to persons without health insurance. Using SB 1773 Alarcon, SB 12 Maddy Fund traffic fines revenues, and local general funds, AB 75 distributes approximately $2 million per year in support of patient services and administration.
AB 75 sponsors the local California Healthcare for Indigents Program (CHIP), which provides medical care to the indigent uninsured at San Francisco General Hospital and local private hospitals, and through emergency and other physicians. In addition, AB 75 also conducts the Child Health Disability Prevention Follow-up Treatment (CHDPT) program, which gives necessary follow-up care to children who have identified medical problems found during a CHDP program health screening exam.
Proposition 99 (Prop 99) was a ballot initiative passed by the voters in 1988 and created the Cigarette and Tobacco Products Surtax Fund with the goal of funding health and social services. Prop 99 is funded through a 25 cents surcharge per pack of cigarettes, collected by the State. AB 75 (Isenberg) is the name of the original Prop 99 implementing legislation; it gives the name to the DPH administrative unit responsible for local implementation of Prop 99 programs.
The primary goals of the AB 75 Project are:
- To receive and administer State funding for medically indigent services provided at San Francisco General Hospital.
- To reimburse San Francisco private hospitals and physicians for uncompensated medical services provided to medically indigent persons by distributing Prop 99, local traffic fines, and other funds.
- To maintain a network of follow-up treatment service providers for children receiving health screening examinations from the CHDP program, and to pay for such services to these children.