Hos­pi­tal fees

Health sys­tems are ask­ing Cal­i­for­nia vot­ers to ap­prove Propo­si­tion 52,

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which would per­ma­nently ex­tend Medi-Cal’s hos­pi­tal fee pro­gram. The fees paid by hos­pi­tals gen­er­ate bil­lions in fed­eral match­ing funds that sub­si­dize health­care ser­vices for chil­dren, seniors and low­in­come cit­i­zens.

The propo­si­tion would also make it harder for law­mak­ers to use Med­i­Cal funds for any­thing other than their in­tended pur­pose by re­quir­ing voter ap­proval to di­vert the money. Cur­rent law re­quires the Leg­is­la­ture to re­new the pro­gram—it has been re­newed four times since be­ing es­tab­lished in 2009—while Propo­si­tion 52 would re­quire a su­per­ma­jor­ity vote to end it. Law­mak­ers have di­verted funds from the pro­gram only once— $400 mil­lion to shore up the bud­get in 2012—but the Cal­i­for­nia Hos­pi­tal As­so­ci­a­tion ar­gues it could hap­pen again dur­ing an eco­nomic down­turn, when peo­ple need Medi-Cal ser­vices most.

De­spite a lack of op­po­nents, Propo­si­tion 52 faces an up­hill bat­tle be­cause it’s com­plex and has to fight for vot­ers’ at­ten­tion on a bal­lot crowded with 18 statewide propo­si­tions.

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