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SSVMS Medical Society News is a monthly e-bulletin from the Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society (SSVMS) containing up-to-date information and breaking news on issues impacting physicians practicing in El Dorado, Sacramento and Yolo counties. To receive your free subscription, contact SSVMS at (916) 452-2671 or


SSV Medical Society News - 2018 - Volume 7 - Issue 12 - December

Latest News from Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society

Volume 7, Issue 12
December, 2018
The Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society is dedicated to bringing together physicians from all modes of practice to promote the art and science of quality medical care and to enhance the physical and mental health of our entire community.
Dear Physicians,

On October 10, 2018, the Trump Administration proposed new changes to the "public charge" rule that would deter immigrants from accessing critical programs, including health care, that support essential needs.

In California, these benefits include Medi-Cal, which provides health insurance for low-income residents, housing assistance such as Section 8 vouchers, and CalFresh, commonly known as food stamps.

SSVMS and the California Medical Association (CMA) believes that many immigrants, even those not subject to the rule, would be deterred from accessing these benefits for themselves or their families due to fear and confusion. The proposed rule would also force non-citizens, especially those with children, to choose between receiving essential medical care or pursuit of their application for admission or adjustment. Families' fear to participate in Medi-Cal could result in coverage losses throughout California, decreased access to care, and worse health outcomes for the entire family, including U.S. citizen children.

I encourage you to submit public comments to urge the Administration to withdraw the proposed rule. The deadline to submit is December 10, 2018.


Rajiv Misquitta, MD
President, Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society
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SSVMS Honors Medicine
Join us for an evening of food, wine and entertainment honoring the Recipients of the Golden Stethoscope, Medical Honor, and Medical Community Service Awards. It will be a night of laughter in medicine featuring Comedian Jack Gallagher.

Thursday, February 28, 2019 6:30pm-8:30pm,

Tsakopoulos Library Galleria
828 I Street, Sacramento, CA
Other Events

UC Davis School of Medicine presents 39th Annual Wine Tasting & Auction- Support UCD-Affiliated Student Run Clinics
Saturday, January 5th, 2019, 5:30pm-10:00pm, Sacramento, CA, Register/More Information

Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society Alliance, Family & Medicine Group Sessions
January 25, 2019, 12:00pm-1:30pm, Sacramento, CA Register/More Information
Celebrate the Season Social Recap

Thank you to everyone who attended our Holiday Social on November 29, 2018. To view more photos click here.
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Physicians face extreme stress and a heavy workload. If you are feeling overwhelmed, SSVMS sponsors up to six wellness sessions, at no cost to physicians, with licensed and vetted psychologists and life coaches to physicians living and working in the Sacramento Region.

As a member of the healthcare community in various roles for over 40 years, Dr. Bach brings a distinct perspective to Joy of Medicine. She understands the demands, challenges and benefits of the physician's world in today's society. To schedule an appointment with Patricia, contact her directly. For more information about Patricia or resiliency consults visit:

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