We applaud the California Senate Budget Committee for passing a budget proposal that prioritizes access to care for California’s most vulnerable.

The Governor’s May Revision to the state budget would have devastated access to doctors, dentists and clinics for a third of Californians. We must support the Senate’s version of the budget to protect funding for care for low-income, rural and medically underserved communities.


The Medi-Cal program provides health and dental care to the most vulnerable and those negatively impacted by the COVID-19 recession. Rather than stealing the funding for access to care provided by Proposition 56, the Senate’s budget will continue 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 Senate Budget Committee rightly rejected 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.

Unlike the governor’s proposal which violated Proposition 56, which was passed by the voters in 2016 to increase access to care within the Medi-Cal program, the Senate’s plan supports 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. 

We need your help to urge the Legislature to support the Senate's budget proposal.

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