May 20, 2013
Governor Jerry Brown releases his revised budget proposal last week, proposing general-fund expenditures of $96.4 billion for the 2013-2014 fiscal year.
Despite a significantly better financial outlook for the state, the governor's budget assumes $1 billion in savings from a 10 percent Medi-Cal provider rate cut that would be applied retroactively to July 2012.
"While we commend the Governor for his commitment to successful implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in California, including the expansion of Medicaid eligibility in the state the 37,000 members of CMA remain concerned about the continued effort to build reform on the broken backbone of Medi-Cal," said CMA President Paul R. Phinney, a Sacramento pediatrician.
CMA has teamed up with the state’s physicians, dentists, hospitals, first responders, health workers, caregivers, and major health plans in a coalition called "We Care for California" to oppose the Medi-Cal rate cuts. All physicians are invited to join the coalition at a rally on the California State Capitol steps on Tuesday, June 4. For more information, visit www.wecareforca.org.