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Hospital Funding Measure Won’t Qualify in Time for November 2014 Ballot
California Healthline

California officials yesterday ruled that a ballot measure proposed by private hospitals will not qualify in time for the November 2014 ballot.

Hospitals want to make permanent the Medi-Cal quality assurance fee deal they currently have with the state, but they’re going to have to wait for the November 2016 election to do it.

In a random sampling of signatures on a petition to qualify the ballot measure, too many duplicates were found,  according to the Secretary of State’s office, making a more complete — and time-consuming — assessment of the signatures necessary.

Putting the issue before voters in 2016 still works for the hospitals, according to Jan Emerson-Shea, vice president for external affairs at the California Hospital Association.

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