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California Teachers Endorse Hospital Fee Ballot Initiative

The California Teachers Association (CTA) — one of the state’s oldest and most influential labor groups — has added its voice to a comprehensive and growing list of supporters backing CHA’s hospital fee initiative on the November 2016 ballot. CTA’s support is enormously important, as it represents more than 325,000 members, including teachers, counselors, librarians and health professionals in school districts across California.

CTA is the latest labor union to urge passage of the Medi-Cal Funding and Accountability Act. Others include the State Building and Construction Trades Council, the United Food and Commercial Workers Western States Council, the California Teamsters Public Affairs Council and the California School Employees Association.

The initiative, which will appear on this November’s statewide ballot, will allow hospitals to continue accessing billions of dollars in federal funds to help pay for care provided to Medi-Cal patients. Since 2009, California hospitals have agreed to pay the state billions of dollars annually to draw down matching federal funds for the Medi-Cal program. Once the hospital funds are matched with federal dollars, the monies are re-distributed to hospitals in the form of supplemental Medi-Cal payments. As part of the agreement, hospitals have supported the state taking a small portion of the fee money to pay for health care for children. The initiative will stabilize that contribution and ensure that funding intended to pay for Medi-Cal services is not diverted. The current program is scheduled to expire at the end of 2016. The initiative would make that program ongoing and adds extra protections to ensure the funds are used for Medi-Cal services.

More information on the initiative, including news coverage, video segments and an analysis by the state Legislative Analyst’s Office, can be found at www.KeepAGoodIdeaWorking.org. The campaign website also has information on how to join the growing coalition.

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