On May 14, Governor Newsom proposed taking virtually all of the Proposition 56 Tobacco Tax Revenue to help close the state’s budget deficit. CMA is urging the Legislature to stand with physicians to protect patient access to care and REJECT the Governor’s proposal to cut payments to Medi-Cal providers and eliminate the state’s $272 million provider loan repayment program.
Difficult decisions will be made by the Legislature over the coming weeks to address the state’s fiscal challenges. But state leaders cannot balance the state budget on the backs of patients and the physicians who have risen to meet COVID-19 crisis.
Newsom’s new budget proposal violates the will of the voters when they passed Proposition 56, and breaks the governor’s promise to ensure the initiative supports increased access to care. Ending this vital program will eliminate access to care for hundreds of thousands of patients from low-income, rural and underserved communities across California, and punish physicians who want to ensure all patients, regardless of income or zip code, have access to a physician when they need one.
CMA is asking physicians to contact their local legislators today as they debate the Governor’s proposed “solutions” to balance the health care budget. It is critically important the legislature understand the need to protect access to care for Medi-Cal enrollees and REJECT the Governor’s repurposing of Prop 56 tobacco tax revenue.