The California Hospital Association provides member hospitals and health systems with representation and advocacy in the legislative and regulatory arenas. CHA advocates to maintain and improve access to high-quality, cost-effective, safe hospital and hospital-related services.
Whether policy is being shaped at the state or federal level, the power and impact of our collective voices strengthen CHA’s effectiveness. CHA’s dynamic team works collaboratively to maintain a unified statewide network for legislative action, educating and advocating on behalf of hospitals.
Issued weekly during the legislative session, the Key State Issues report provides an insider’s view on the progress of high-priority health-related bills moving through the legislative process. For more information, please see the attached October 17 Key State Issues.
In a video recently released video, CHA President/CEO C. Duane Dauner expresses his thanks to the Governor and Legislature for their visionary leadership. The passage of SB 239 means a more secure future for skilled-nursing patients across California, and greater access to vital health care services as the state’s hospitals prepare for implementation of the federal Affordable Care Act.
In a move aimed at ensuring that hospital funds intended to pay for care provided to low-income Californians are not diverted by lawmakers for other, non-hospital patient care purposes, CHA has filed ballot initiative language with the state Attorney General’s (AG) office.
In a move aimed at ensuring that hospital funds intended to pay for care provided to low-income Californians are not diverted by lawmakers for other, non-hospital patient care purposes, CHA today filed ballot initiative language with the state Attorney General’s (AG) office. The initiative, called the Medi-Cal Funding and Accountability Act of 2014, will prohibit the Legislature and the Administration from imposing a tax on hospitals unless the monies and matching federal funds are used to pay for hospital care provided to Medi-Cal patients, including the elderly, the disabled and children.
Join us this year as we explore avenues to promote and innovate better care for our patients and profession. Back by demand, day-one’s program will focus on the swelling numbers of behavioral patients in emergency departments. Day two features general and breakout sessions on a range of operational, financial and policy topics. Make plans now to attend.
Gov. Brown signed the state’s $96.3 billion budget on Thursday. He line-item vetoed $40 million of the budget, none of it in health care. In a press release issued, CHA noted that, while the budget sets the stage for collaboration between the executive and legislative branch, the issue of payment rates for hospital-based skilled-nursing facilities remains outstanding and must be addressed.
On Saturday the Legislature completed its work on the 2013-14 state budget and corresponding trailer bills. The Governor will sign the budget bill by July 1, the beginning of the state’s fiscal year. Of the more than 20 trailer bills, five are related to the provision of health services.
The Congressional Budget Office has released a new white paper focused on the national population of dual eligibles in 2009, the most recent year for which data is available. Titled “Dual-Eligible Beneficiaries of Medicare and Medicaid: Characteristics, Health Care Spending, and Evolving Policies,” the paper reports that 9 million people qualified as dual eligible in 2009, with about 75 percent of them receiving services through fee-for-service in both Medicare and Medicaid. Health spending on dual eligibles totaled $250 billion. The CBO paper also examines patterns in Medicare and Medicaid spending on dual eligibles, as well as initiatives being explored to coordinate care and payment; challenges with integrating care; and potential legislative solutions. To view the full CBO publication, visit www.cbo.gov/publication/44308.
More than 10,000 people registered to attend today’s rally at the State Capitol to protest Medi-Cal cuts that will be implemented in July. The 10 percent cuts, enacted by AB 97 in 2011, impact most providers but hit hospital distinct-part skilled-nursing facilities (DP/SNFs) especially hard. The reduction for DP/SNFs will be applied to their 2008 base rates, making for a much deeper cut averaging 25 to 30 percent. CHA is part of a broad coalition of health care leaders – We Care for California – that organized the rally today. More than 100 buses brought hospital workers, physicians, first responders and other health care providers from all corners of the state to join in the rally and send the message to legislators and the Governor that the Medi-Cal cuts will hurt people and prevent the implementation of the Affordable Care Act in California.
CHA has created a toolkit to help members gain allies in the fight against pending Medi-Cal cuts and impact the legislative and budget negotiations taking place in Sacramento. The toolkit is part of a comprehensive grassroots advocacy effort to defeat these cuts.