Like many of you, I am deeply concerned about our national health care debate and the deep cuts to vital programs like Medicaid/Medi-Cal currently proposed in the U.S. Congress.
Medicaid/Medi-Cal and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) provide health and long-term care coverage to nearly 12.3 million low-income children, pregnant women, adults, seniors and people with disabilities in California. Additionally, Medicaid/Medi-Cal is a major source of funding for safety-net hospitals and nursing homes. The current proposed changes before Congress would fundamentally change the scope of the program and end the guarantee of federal matching funds.
In recent years, California has taken some incredible steps to protect our people and expand access to healthcare. Between 2013 and 2015, we lowered our rate of the uninsured from 15% to 8%. We can’t take a step back.
I urge you to keep up to date on the healthcare debate. Learn more about the proposed federal cuts from our own Department of Health Care Services Analysis and from the non-profit Kaiser Family Foundation.