The Governor’s May Revision to the state budget will devastate access to doctors, dentists and clinics for a third of Californians. The Medi-Cal program provides health and dental care to the most vulnerable and those negatively impacted by the COVID-19 recession. Now, the state is threatening to cut Medi-Cal programs, by stealing the funding for access to care provided by Proposition 56.  

As proposed, the budget will eliminate essential funding for:

  • Women’s health and family planning

  • Physician services

  • Dental services

  • Funding to place more than 200 new doctors to support Medi-Cal patients

California faces hard choices due to the economic devastation from COVID-19. However, the Legislature must reject cutting health care services during this crisis, especially when more than 2 million more Californians will be seeking care through Medi-Cal. With caseload estimated to reach over 14.5 million this year, now is not the time to cut access to care by reducing provider rates and forcing providers to close their practices.

This budget violates Proposition 56, which was passed by the voters in 2016 to increase access to care within the Medi-Cal program. The Legislature must reject this proposal and support the continued use of Prop 56 to support provider access in the Medi-Cal program and to provide timely access and limit geographic shortages to quality health care for those who need it most. 

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