News Release

Closure, Cutbacks in Hospital-Based Skilled- Nursing Facilities Hit Patients, Families Hard
Deep Cuts to Medi-Cal Providers Require Lawmakers’ Immediate Attention

SACRAMENTO ( Aug. 5, 2013) —  As state lawmakers return to Sacramento today after a month-long summer recess, California’s hospital leaders have issued a warning that the state’s health care safety net is on life-support because of looming Medi-Cal budget cuts.

According to the California Hospital Association (CHA), last month’s announcement that the 96-bed Palomar Continuing Care Center in Escondido will close this fall due to pending Medi-Cal cuts is “the first of many health care dominoes that are likely to fall” unless legislators and the Brown Administration reverse course and prevent the deep payment reductions from being implemented.