California Proposition 52, Voter Approval to Divert Hospital Fee Revenue Dedicated to Medi-Cal

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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.

Source: Ballotpedia

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