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'We Care for California' to bring together 10,000 health care providers to rally to stop Medi-Cal cuts



May 13, 2013

The California Medical Association (CMA) has joined an unprecedented coalition of physicians, dentists, health care workers and hospitals working to stop the 10 percent Medi-Cal reimbursement rate cut. In a first of its kind rally, the coalition, called “We Care for California," will gather in Sacramento on the California State Capitol steps on Tuesday, June 4 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The goal is to bring 10,000 health care providers together from across the state participate.

So often in the past, health care advocates have been divided in their efforts, so focused on individual organizational interests that collective strength was weakened. “We Care for California” intends to stand undivided, using its collective influence in defense of health care.

The coalition’s first major effort is to ensure that SB 640 (Lara) and AB 900 (Alejo) are passed by the Legislature and signed by Governor Brown. Both bills, sponsored by CMA, would stop the 10 percent Medi-Cal rate cut.

The “We Care for California” coalition was borne of an effort to build a strong group of diverse organizations fighting to ensure that California’s health care system doesn’t continue to get short changed, and so that implementation of the Affordable Care Act in our state moves forward successfully.

Buses will be available to transport anyone who wants to participate from hospitals around the state to the Capitol building in Sacramento at no charge to the participant. If you are interested in attending the event, please register at www.wecareforca.org to reserve a seat on the bus nearest you. Even if you do not need transportation, we still urge participants to register so we can make sure we have enough water, chairs, restrooms, etc.


Contact: CMA member help line, (800) 786-4262 or memberservice@cmadocs.org.

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