Proposition 52: State Fees on Hospitals. Federal Medi-Cal Matching Funds. Initiative Statutory and Constitutional Amendment.
Proposition 52 Ballot Summary:
- Extends indefinitely an existing statute that imposes fees on hospitals to obtain federal matching funds.
- Uses fees to fund Medi-Cal health care services, care for uninsured patients, and children’s health coverage.
- Requires voter approval to change use of fees or funds.
- Permits other amendments or repeal by Legislature with a two-thirds vote.
- Declares fee proceeds do not count as revenue toward state spending limit or Proposition 98 funding requirement.
A Yes vote means:
A “yes” vote supports requiring voter approval to change the dedicated use of certain fees from hospitals used to draw matching federal money and fund Medi-Cal services. The initiative was also designed to require a two-thirds majority vote of the California Legislature to end the hospital fee program.
A No vote means:
A “no” vote opposes this initiative, allowing the legislature to change, extend, or eliminate the hospital fee program with a majority vote.
You can read the full text of the Proposition 52 here.