CAADS: Call to Action – 10% RATE RESTORATION ADVOCACY UPDATE

From our colleagues from CAADS:

We need every friend of CBAS to contact the Assembly and Senate Budget Sub-Committees and Committee Chairs Skinner and Leno along with new Speaker Toni Atkins (San Diego) and incoming Senate President pro Tem Kevin de León (Los Angeles) to convey the urgent need to restore the CBAS rate to keep ADHC doors open to serve California’s frail elderly and disabled populations. 

10% RATE RESTORATION ADVOCACY UPDATE!!! PLEASE CALL LEGISLATORS AGAIN FOR FINAL PUSH! 

We need to flood the District and Capitol offices of the Subcommittee and Budget chair’s offices this week with grassroots calls!! Activate “friends of CBAS” to make calls, too.

Last Friday, the Legislative Analyst reported that California’s state general fund revenue will be $2.5 billion higher than predicted in the May revise. Yesterday, the Sacramento Bee reported that the Governor’s budget may over-estimate Medi-Cal costs by $300 million. 

These developments open the possibility of making critical restorations to the health care safety net. However, the Governor is still signaling opposition to restoring health care cuts, telling reporters last week that with regards to health, “We gave at the office.” 

We need every CAADS member and friends of CBAS to contact the Assembly and Senate Budget Sub-Committees and Committee Chairs Skinner and Leno along with new Speaker Toni Atkins (San Diego) and incoming Senate President pro Tem Kevin de León (Los Angeles) to convey the urgent need to restore the CBAS rate to keep ADHC doors open to serve California’s frail elderly and disabled populations. 

WE HAVE ONLY UNTIL THE END OF THIS WEEK TO MAKE THESE CALLS. We must succeed in getting at least one of the budget subcommittees to restore $12 million earmarked for CBAS rates. They will be meeting early next week to “close” out budget items. The next step is a full committee vote. If we get support in the Assembly, we have a fighting chance in the Conference Committee. The budget deal will be negotiated with the Governor and Legislative leaders in the next 2 weeks.

 Please call both the District and Capitol offices of the budget committee members. If you have a relationship with your own Assembly Member and Senator, ask them to speak to the budget subcommittee and budget chairs in support of this request as soon as possible. You can locate their contact information at www.assembly.ca.gov and www.senate.ca.gov

Talking Points:

  • Please vote to restore the 10% rate cut for CBAS/ADHC centers to maintain access to care and prevent further closures and job loss. CBAS is one of the key long term supports in the Governor’s Coordinated Care Initiative.
  • The Department of Finance estimates the cost to restore the cut is only $12 million and there is a 1 to 1 federal match of state dollars.
  • CBAS is in a unique position. It was one of a few programs to take the Medi-Cal cut in 2011, and therefore, should be the first to have it restored.
  • Fifty-two centers have already closed in the past two years (16%), a loss of about $52 million dollars of infrastructure, and additional centers will close within a few months if the CBAS rate is not restored.

If you center is directly impacted:

  • Our center serves _____ chronically ill elders and ______ caregivers.
  • The impact of the 10% rate cut has been ______________________.

For more information visit the CAADS website here: http://www.caads.org/

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