New law to expand volunteer medical services topic at Press Conference

SB 1261, by Sen. Stone, will allow out-of-state doctors to volunteer in California
Wednesday, September 21, 2016

At a press conference held September 20th in Indio, State Senator Jeff Stone (R-La Quinta) and Dr. Ron Hare discussed the importance of a new law, authored by the Senator, that will bring expanded medical services to the Coachella Valley.  

Senate Bill 1261, by Senator Stone -- recently signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown -- will expand medical care to California residents by allowing out-of-state doctors to volunteer their time and skills while visiting the state.

Senator Stone worked with Dr. Hare and the Coachella Valley Volunteers in Medicine to craft the legislation which will benefit not only the Coachella Valley, but other medically underserved communities throughout California.

“This is an important law for many parts of our state, especially the Coachella Valley where many retired and semi-retired doctors come to spend the winter months,” said Senator Stone. “Health clinics often call on these doctors to volunteer at community events and health screenings, but those doctors have been limited by state law.”

The Mission of the Coachella Valley Volunteers in Medicine is to provide a no-cost primary health care service to medically underserved adults residing in the Coachella Valley.

In the past five years their clinic, located in Indio, has served over 21,000 patients, all of them for free.

Dr. Ron Hare is the founder and past chairman of CVVIM. 

“When Senator Stone was a Riverside County Supervisor he was a major supporter of getting this clinic started from the ground up,” said Dr. Hare. “Now, as a State Senator, he was able to shepherd this bill through the legislature and get the Governor to sign it, which will give us the opportunity to see more patients for free.”

The new law goes into effect on January 1, 2017.