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Sequoia Healthcare District $1.35 Million subsidy of Children's Health Initiative revisited

Original post made by Jack Hickey, Woodside: Emerald Hills, on Jan 22, 2013

Below is a link to the minutes of the Sequoia Healthcare District at which they first approved the Children's Health Initiative subsidy.

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Posted by Jack Hickey
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Jan 29, 2013 at 11:30 am

I neglected to mention that this was approved on August 28, 2002. I was reminded of this by an invitation to the 10th anniversary of the CHI. I will be reviewing the files on CHI at the District office today.


Please join in celebrating the:

10th Anniversary of the
San Mateo County Children's Health Initiative

Wednesday, February 6, 2013
10am - 12pm

Sobrato Center for Nonprofits
330 Twin Dolphin Drive
Redwood City, CA 94063

To RSVP and for more details, please see attached invitation

Srija Srinivasan
Director of Strategic Operations
San Mateo County Health System
225 37th Ave.
San Mateo, CA 94403

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Posted by Jack Hickey
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Feb 12, 2013 at 2:32 pm

A review of the files at the District office revealed nothing to assure that compliance with the terms of the CHI agreement was being documented.

Appended below are communications with CEO Lee Michelson seeking such documentation.

-----Original Message-----
From: Lee Michelson
Sent: Monday, February 04, 2013 10:24 AM
Subject: RE: Children's Health Initiative

I am expecting the latest report soon and I am attending the next advisory meeting in about a week.. as soon as I get the new documents I will share info with you.

-----Original Message-----
From: []
Sent: Monday, February 04, 2013 10:03 AM
To: Lee Michelson
Subject: Children's Health Initiative

Lee, twice a year advisory meetings, with each one reported in your CEO report, plus a progress report with each invoice (provided that these reasonably approximate a quarterly distribution) would satisfy the quarterly report requirement in our agreement. I trust that you will make these available for my review.
I would also like to review documentation demonstrating compliance with these additional terms and conditions:
2. San Mateo County will match each dollar provided by the District.
3. The District's grant will be used only to fund health insurance for children living within the District.
5. The District's contribution to the program will not exceed more than 25% of the total cost of the program, or $1.35 million, whichever is less.

Jack Hickey

-----Original Message-----
From: Lee Michelson
Sent: Monday, February 04, 2013 9:28 AM
Subject: FW:

They have been making reports on occasion at our Board meetings and I attend their twice a year advisory meetings. We will make sure that we receive the progress reports each time and I will not mail current check until I receive the report. Once I receive it, I will email you a copy. Lee

-----Original Message-----
From: SSrinivasan []
Sent: Wednesday, January 30, 2013 2:38 PM
Subject: RE:

Hi Lee,

I apologize if my monday email did not answer your concern. We can definitely get you a progress report and I am sorry if you had conveyed your expectation that we include a progress report with the invoice. I have asked Marmi to prepare the report, which I will review and then get to you.
Given the to do's for our next week event, I think it will be something we can put together soon after,

We will be recognizing you and each core funder at the event next week. We also would be pleased to do a special thanks at an SHCD board mtg of your choosing. I had understood that you would let us know a desire date after the event?

PHCD gave us an award at their mtg last week. We were appreciative of that and thanked them for that honor.

Let me know if we should chat by phone on this, Lee.

Thanks much,

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----------Original Message----------

From: "Lee Michelson" <>
Sent: Wed, January 30, 2013 1:37 PM
To: "'Srija Srinivasan'" <>, "'Ron Robinson'"

I am not sure if you answered my concern about sending an invoice without a progress report? Also, when do we get our award? I heard that you gave Peninsula's theirs already.

Lee Michelson, CEO

Sequoia Healthcare District

525 Veterans Boulevard

Redwood City, CA 94063

Office: 650 421-2155 x 202

Cell: 650- 714-5468

Fax: 650 421-2159

Web: <Web Link;

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Posted by Jack Hickey
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Feb 19, 2013 at 10:45 am

Message from CEO, Lee Michelson, to Directors:
"I attended the Healthy Kids meeting last Friday. Currently there are 4,700 children enrolled. It is believed that about 700 of these children will be eligible for Medi- Cal next year reducing the size of the program to 4,000. Due to lower birth rates and the slow- down of immigration it is expected that this number will continue to be reduced. I have asked for a detailed demographic breakdown as well as a 5 year enrollment projection to help guide our future funding decisions. Lee"
There is little evidence that the terms and conditions of this program are being met. Benefits derived by District residents do not justify continuation of the $1.35 Million annual grant from the Sequoia Healthcare District.