CHA News Article

New Website Launched Promoting 2016 Hospital Fee Ballot Initiative
Hospitals encouraged to sign endorsement form

A new website has been launched to promote the CHA-sponsored hospital fee ballot initiative, which will appear on the November 2016 ballot. Called “Keep A Good Idea Working,” the news-style website features informative videos, in-depth background information on the hospital fee, a list of coalition supporters, an endorsement form, and a variety of news articles, infographics and research studies on the importance of the Medi-Cal program, which serves more than 12 million Californians. The full text of the initiative ballot language and an analysis by the Legislative Analyst’s Office can also be found on the website. All hospitals and health systems are encouraged to formally endorse the initiative. For more information and to sign an endorsement form, visit www.KeepAGoodIdeaWorking.com.

Among the videos on the website is an introductory piece featuring CHA President/CEO C. Duane Dauner. In the video, Dauner stresses the importance of making the hospital fee permanent through the passage of the ballot initiative next year. 

“For many years, California was unable to qualify for billions of dollars in federal matching funds that were intended to provide health care services to eligible children, seniors and working families,” Dauner states. “Beginning in 2009, the state and hospitals throughout California formed a partnership in order to maximize funds from Washington to help pay for Medi-Cal. This partnership has paid off. Nearly $18 billion has come to California that we wouldn’t have received if this public-private partnership had not been in place. This partnership expires next year. Because it’s doing so much good for so many good people, this good idea and partnership must continue.”

The current hospital fee program is set to expire in 2017. The ballot measure, if enacted by voters, will make the fee program permanent and ensure the funds are spent as intended – to provide health care services for children, seniors and low-income Californians.

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