SACRAMENTO – The California State Senate held the first hearing in the Special Session on Public Health and Developmental Services this morning. The newly-created Public Health and Developmental Services Committee is chaired by Sen. Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina). Sen. Mike Morrell (R-Rancho Cucamonga) serves as vice chair. Sen. Morrell issued the following statement in response to the start of hearings for the Special Session.
“Republicans do not believe that the only two choices today are to either approve a $1.7 billion managed healthcare tax or continue to underfund Medi-Cal and developmental services.
“California just adopted a record high $265billion state budget. The state took in $10 billion more in revenue this past year, but instead of spending the money to shore up Medi-Cal or developmental services, the majority party prioritized spending in other areas.
“Now we have convened a special session to consider extending over $1 billion more in taxes on an already vulnerable healthcare system and overtaxed public. With families struggling to purchase healthcare under the Obamacare mandate, it is unfair to tax their plan for a Medi-Cal expansion.
“Republicans have supported and will continue to support increasing the Medi-Cal provider reimbursement rate by 10 percent in order to provide low-income residents more choices in where they can receive their healthcare. We also support expanding funding for those who provide services to the developmentally disabled of this state. Republicans believe both goals can be achieved by using existing resources in the current budget without tax increases.”
In April 2015, Senate Republicans sent a letter to the Assembly and Senate Budget committees requesting the full restoration of Medi-Cal reimbursement rates. Media can read the letter HERE.