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Updated: June 7, 2013
You can help! Go to www.CaringisourCalling.org and sign a letter urging legislators to stop the devastating funding cuts that threaten care for elderly, disabled and other patients with medically complex issues who can no longer care for themselves. Tell the to support AB 900 and restore the critical funding needed to care for our most fragile patients.
You can help!
Go to www.CaringisourCalling.org and sign a letter urging legislators to stop the devastating funding cuts that threaten care for elderly, disabled and other patients with medically complex issues who can no longer care for themselves. Tell the to support AB 900 and restore the critical funding needed to care for our most fragile patients.
Updated June 7, 2013
May 24, the Ninth Circuit federal appeals court ruled the Medi-Cal cut to be legal, and lifted the injunctions on its implementation. That means the lawsuits to reverse the reduction now have only legal recourse, and that's an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.
The day before the court ruled, a bill to reverse the Medi-Cal reduction, SB 640 by Sen. Ricardo Lara (D- Long Beach) was put on suspense file in the Senate Committee on Appropriations. Until that day, the bill had bipartisan, unanimous support in committee voting.
The companion piece of legislation to SB 640 was AB 900 by Assembly member Luis Alejo (D-Watsonville). It passed committee and the Assembly floor, but only after the scope was narrowed to reverse cuts exclusively for certain skilled nursing facilities.
"The legislation is certainly an important piece," Weedn said, "but this is something that can ultimately be fixed in the budget. We think it's unique, this coalition coming together, because we've all independently fought against these Medi-Cal cuts for years, and now we're together. That coalition and the bipartisan support [in the Legislature] is pretty remarkable."
According to Jan Emerson-Shea, vice president of external affairs for the California Hospital Association, legislation may have stalled but there is a real possibility that the Medi-Cal reduction could be reversed in budget negotiations over the next few weeks.
"The situation is still very fluid," Emerson-Shea said. "There is still a lot of negotiations and discussion that will play out over the next few weeks."
Legislators are keenly aware of the problem with the provider cuts, she said.
Updated: April 30, 2013
California Hospital Association applauds the 17-0 vote to approve AB 900 - Continued support needed as bill now goes to the Appropriations committee.
Visit www.calhospital.org for more information or http://www.calhospital.org/media-statement/californias-hospitals-applaud-bipartisan-action-assembly-health-committee-supporting to read the complete media statement.
Updated: March 29, 2013
MAYERS IN THE NEWS - MOUNTAIN ECHO
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Click HERE for Guest Editorial written by Assemblyman Brian Dahle.
Be sure and pick up a copy of this week's Mountain Echo for an editorial written by our Assemblyman Brian Dahle on the pending Medi-Cal cuts! He is asking all of you to JOIN HIM in letting the Governor's office know how important rural healthcare is to the Intermountain community.
We appreciate your continued support - and thank you to Assemblyman Brian Dahle
Updated: March 8, 2013
Dear Intermountain Communities, Family and Friends,
Your support and letter writing against AB97 has been a great success but we're not done yet! As you know, AB 97 would reduce Medi-Cal reimbursement rates for Skilled Nursing Facilities and have a devastating impact of access to care in our rural community.
In February, Assemblyman Luis Alejo (D -Salinas) introduced AB 900 to stop the proposed budget cuts to Medi-Cal reimbursements for medical services provided by hospital-based nursing facilities.
Click here for offical press release.
Now we are asking you to continue the letter writing and campaign efforts to urge legislators to support AB 900 and save our Long Term Care!
We have provided sample letters and reviewing the letters will explain to you the possible severity of these cuts.
What you can do:
- Write to all of our local legislators (see below for letter templates and addresses)
- Send copies of your letters to members of the Department of Healthcare Services (see addresses below)
- Add to, modify, or personalize the sample letters
- Mail to provided addresses BEFORE MARCH 31st - cuts could be implemented within 6 weeks
- PLEASE include your personal stories as this is a VERY important aspect
- If desired, send copies of your letters to MMHD Administration - PO Box 459, Fall River Mills, CA 96028
- Pass the word! Encourage your friends and family to participate in efforts to save our Long Term Care
Facts Regarding the Medi-Cal Cuts and Long Term Care
- Mayers Memorial Hospital District serves an area of 8,000+ square miles
- Over 20,000 patients served annually
- Operates two (2) Long Term Care facilities, with an average of 75 residents
- Operates an Alzheimer's Unit in the Burney, CA facility
- There are 116 employees in Long Term Care - 53% of the District's entire employee population
- $11 million impact to rural community (Formula for Economic Impact to Community = every dollar circulates three (3) times throughout community)
- Closest facilities for relocation of Long Term Care residents = 75 miles
Current cost per day = $255
Current reimbursement rate = $255
Cost per day after Medi-Cal cuts = $255
Reimbursement rate after Medi-Cal cuts = $201
Annual impact = $1.6 million in cuts
PO Box 942849
State Capitol, Room 2117
Sacramento, CA 95814
Senator Ted Gaines
1700 Eureka Rd, Suite 120
Roseville, CA 95661
Senator Jim Nielsen
5800 Stanford Ranch Rd, Suite 720
Rocklin, CA 95765
Assemblyman Brian Dahle
280 Hemsted, Suite 110
Redding, CA 96002
Send Copies of your Letters to:
Department of Healthcare Services (DCHS)
PO Box 997413
Sacramento, CA 95889-7413
PO Box 997413, MS 0000
Sacramento, CA 95889-7413
Support Letter from Brian Dahle, Assemblyman 1st District, to Toby Douglas, Director of the Department of Health Care Services
Support Letter from David Kehoe, Chairman of the Shasta County Board of Directors, to Secretary Diane Dooley
Click the link to sign an online petition that will go directly to the DCHS
If you have any questions or have trouble opening these documents please don't hesitate to contact Mayers Memorial Hospital District Administration at 530.336.5511
Letters are needed! Please contact your legislator and encourage your friends and family throughout the state to do the same.