Between late 2012 and October 2013, the state of California was preparing to implement legislation that would address its budget shortfall by drastically reducing Medi-Cal reimbursements to a variety of healthcare providers, including distinct-part nursing facilities such as the Jewish Home. These cuts would have placed untenable financial burdens on the Home. The Jewish Home leadership and supporters rose to the challenge. Through reorganization, 20 percent was cut from the Home’s operating budget. Concerted efforts by advocates resulted in California Governor Jerry Brown signing Senate Bill 239, restoring Medi-Cal reimbursement rates for all distinct-part skilled nursing facilities as of October 1, 2013.
“The remarkable thing is that while we were doing this critically necessary reduction in expenses, we maintained our high-quality service and standing,” Steve proudly states.
As he passes the gavel to Rick Baum, Steve feels certain that “the Home has fully rebounded and the future’s looking very good.”
Rick is taking the top leadership post of an organization that has been part of his life since he was very young and his father served on the Home’s board. A native of the Bay Area's Marin County, Rick has a varied background, including social work in Harlem, New York, a labor lawyer, chief deputy with California congressman John Garamendi when he was insurance commissioner, and executive director of the California Commission for Economic Development under Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
“While there are always inherent risks in any type of comprehensive development plan, we learned in the past two years that the risk of doing nothing is much greater,” Rick pronounces. “I see this as the time to move forward.”