California Ballot Measures Address Medi-Cal Underfunding, Enhance Health Care
Posted on Oct 19, 2016 in Expanding Access
Among initiatives on the November ballot are three measures affecting health care and the future of Medi-Cal.
With the passage of the Affordable Care Act, access to care has improved, uninsured rates have declined dramatically and nearly one in three Californians are covered by Medi-Cal. But continued success is threatened.
Government reimbursement for services has not increased. In fact, among all 50 states, California ranks nearly last for reimbursing health care providers for their services. With reimbursement woefully inadequate and a growing number of people insured by Medi-Cal, all Californians are impacted—employers, patients and health care providers.
Along with hospitals, doctors, teachers, community clinics and others, Sutter Health supports a yes vote on three measures that address the underfunding of Medi-Cal and enhance health care in our state.
Proposition 52, the Medi-Cal Funding and Accountability Act of 2016, protects a partnership created in 2009 between the state and California’s hospitals resulting in approximately $18 billion in new federal funds to help pay for hospital care for Medi-Cal patients, with no increase in California taxes. For details see Keep a Good Idea Working.
Proposition 55, California Children’s Education and Health Care Protection Act of 2016, will extend for 12 years the current tax rates on single taxpayers earning more than $250,000 and couples making more than $500,000 a year. It will bring up to $2 billion annually to hospitals and doctors in the form of new Medi-Cal funding. Click on Help Our Children Thrive for more information.
Proposition 56, California Healthcare, Research and Prevention Tobacco Tax Act of 2016, will increase California’s cigarette tax by $2 per pack, with an equivalent increase on products containing nicotine derived from tobacco, including e-cigarettes. The majority of funds generated by Proposition 56 will be used to improve existing health care programs, prevent smoking and fund research into cancer and other tobacco-related diseases. For information go to Since When Has Tobacco Cared About Our Kids?
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