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Signatures Submitted for Health Care-Related Ballot Initiatives

Several health care-related initiatives have moved a step closer to finding their way onto the Nov. 8 general election ballot.

Last week, a broad coalition involving CHA, Service Employees International Union (SEIU) California, the California Teachers Association, the California Medical Association (CMA) and others submitted signatures to qualify a constitutional initiative to extend the Proposition 30 (2012) personal income tax on the wealthiest Californians. The initiative, if passed by voters, is expected to produce more than $1 billion annually in Medi-Cal funding for California hospitals.

This week, a separate coalition also involving CHA, CMA, SEIU California and others submitted signatures to qualify an initiative that would increase the state’s tobacco tax by $2 per pack. This measure also is expected to produce additional funding for the Medi-Cal program, as well as tobacco prevention programs, if it is approved by voters.

Finally, SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West (UHW) this week submitted signatures in an attempt to qualify an initiative that would limit total compensation to hospital/health system executives to $450,000 annually. CHA is leading a coalition to defeat the UHW measure if it qualifies for the ballot.

The Secretary of State’s office has until June 30 to determine whether each of these measures will qualify for the Nov. 8 general election ballot. Proponents can withdraw the signatures by June 30. Once a determination is made, each initiative will be assigned a proposition number.