Medi-Cal Expansion Can Improve Access, Quality and the California Economy

SACRAMENTO, CA – SEIU California released the following statement by Executive Director David Kieffer in response to the Governor’s proposal on Medi-Cal expansion contained in his recommended budget:

“We applaud the Governor for embracing the expansion of Medi-Cal. Fulfilling the promise of health care reform is now in California’s hands, and we must invest in the wellness of our working families and the prosperity of our state. We have a tremendous opportunity to provide health coverage to 1.4 million newly eligible Californians and increase the quality of care for everyone, all while creating jobs in the thriving health care sector.

“For every Medi-Cal dollar spent on the state level, the federal government will send us nine dollars back – money California taxpayers send to Washington D.C. that would otherwise go elsewhere. The more we invest now, the better our health care system will be. That means protecting current health care funding at all levels of government and finding new revenue sources to invest in the safety net and solve other ongoing challenges, such as woefully low provider reimbursement rates. Finally, we have to find the political courage to extend the right to health care to all California residents, regardless of their legal status.

“The question was never ‘if’ there would be an expansion, rather, the question is, ‘How will we use this opportunity to benefit our health care system for generations to come?’”

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SEIU California is a coalition of over 700,000 janitors, social workers, security officers, home care workers, school and university employees, healthcare workers, and city, county and state employees represented by SEIU local unions throughout California. We come together to build a better California by fighting to pass policies and elect candidates that benefit working families and advance the issues we care about: affordable healthcare, good wages, retirement security for all, a healthy environment, good schools and universities, and stronger communities. We believe that by working together we can build a California where working families can thrive.

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