CHA News Article

Hospital Patients, Family Members Speak Out About Damaging Medi-Cal Budget Cuts
New video series captures impact on frail, elderly patients

As budget discussions begin to kick into high gear following the release of the May revision to the proposed 2013-14 state budget, those most directly affected by the pending Medi-Cal payment cuts are speaking out.In a compelling new series of documentary-style videos produced by CHA, the family members of those who work, live and depend on hospital-based skilled-nursing facilities across the state are sharing their personal storiesabout the vital health care services at risk from the failure to reverse deep and damaging Medi-Cal rate cuts.

CHA is part of a broad coalition of health care providers and workers who are co-sponsoring two bills – AB 900 (Alejo, D-Salinas) and SB 640 (Lara, D-Long Beach) – that would reverse the pending Medi-Cal cuts which, so far, have not been implemented as a result of ongoing litigation. In addition to viewing each of the videos at, CHA urges all members to visit the “voter voice” section of the site and sign an electronic letter to their legislators supporting AB 900 and SB 640, and to forward the link to others, encouraging them to do the same.