June 10, 2013

Mayers Goes to Sacramento

Filed under: Uncategorized — waltblog @ 4:42 pm

SACRAMENTO – Nurses, CNA’s, LVN’s maintenance and housekeeping staff, admin-istration and business staff, family and friends represented Mayers Memorial Hospital at the We Care for California rally June 4th at the State’s Capitol. The 50 representatives from the Inter- ountain area joined the coalition of over 8000 people taking a stand against cuts in reimbursement to Medi- Cal providers.
Assembly member Luis Alejo, said the large mobilization of people attending in support of healthcare was unprecedented. Alejo is the author of AB900 which has passed the Assembly 75-0, but has been narrowed in scope to reversing cuts for distinct part skilled nursing facilities. The bill will not negate the retroactive payments due by facilities.
In October 2011, a plan to reduce Medi-Cal payments by 10% was approved. The implementation of these cuts has been delayed by an appeal process in court.
Last month, the Ninth Circuit court upheld the decision and the cuts stand to be implemented with retroactive payments due.
Advocates are rallying to gain support of the legislature and are focusing attention on budget negotiations.
In addition, an effort to gain two-thirds support of the legislature to halt the 10% cut is at the forefront.

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