22 Oct Proposition 52: Requires Voter Approval of Changes to the Hospital Fee Program (YES)
Explanation: Proposition 52 would require voter approval to change the dedicated use of certain fees from hospitals, which is used to draw matching federal money and fund Medi-Cal services. The initiative was also designed to require a two-thirds majority vote by the state legislatures to end the hospital fee program.
BWW Analysis: Currently, private hospitals are required to pay a fee to help cover the cost of Medi-Cal. These fees draw down an extra $2 billion federal dollars that go to hospitals to cover Medi-Cal services for low-income families and children. These fees are set to expire in 2018. This proposition if passed, would make these fees permanent, unless there is a 2/3rd vote within the state legislature to change it. Without costing taxpayers any money, this proposition could generate 3 billion dollars in federal matching funds. This is an important source of funding for Medi-Cal services to ensure medical care for low-income families and children.