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California Hospitals File Ballot Initiative To Protect Medi-Cal Funding

In a move aimed at ensuring that hospital funds intended to pay for care provided to low-income Californians are not diverted by lawmakers for other, non-hospital patient care purposes, the California Hospital Association (CHA) today filed ballot initiative language with the state Attorney General’s (AG) office. The initiative, called the Medi-Cal Funding and Accountability Act of 2014, will prohibit the Legislature and the Administration from imposing a provider fee (tax) on hospitals unless the monies and matching federal funds are used to pay for hospital care provided to Medi-Cal patients, which include the elderly, the disabled and children.