Sacramento Business Journal: Ballot measure seeks stable source of Medi-Cal funding through fee


Health care providers and community groups submitted 1.3 million signatures to the state Monday to qualify an initiative for the November ballot that seeks to provide a stable source of funding for the Medi-Cal program and nail down how it is spent.

More than 615,000 people in the greater Sacramento region — defined as Sacramento, Placer, Yolo, El Dorado and San Joaquin counties — are enrolled in Medi-Cal, including about 329,000 children.

Since 2009, California hospitals have agreed to tax themselves to generate about $3 billion in additional federal matching funds for the government health care program for the poor. Yet the cash-strapped state of California has diverted some of the money to the general fund for its own purposes. The proposed initiative builds on  Senate Bill 239, signed by Gov.Jerry Brown last year. The bill continues the fee through 2017 and spells out how the money will be spent. 

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