CAPH Urges State Leaders to Prioritize Funding for Public Health Care Systems in State Budget

Since the beginning of the pandemic, public health care systems have been integral to the state’s COVID-19 response. Without hesitancy, public health care systems have maintained ongoing access to testing and ramped up vaccination efforts, all the while responding to the unprecedented surges in COVID-19 cases across the state.

In order for public health care systems to continue their comprehensive, community-wide COVID-19 response efforts, while continuing to provide hospital care to the state’s most vulnerable patients, we are requesting a one-time allocation of $300 million in State General Fund to offset costs associated with the increase in Medi-Cal Fee-for-Service (FFS) COVID-19 patients.

Thirty-three legislators signed on in support of our state budget request, authored by Senator Kamlager urging the Budget Committees and legislative leadership to include this critical funding in the FY 2021-22 state budget.

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