CHA News Article

Thousands Rally at State Capitol

CHA President/CEO C. Duane Dauner addresses a crowd of thousands rallying at the State Capitol today in opposition of devastating cuts to Medi-Cal funding.

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.