Federal Government Paves Way for Continued California Leadership on Healthcare Reform

SEIU Healthcare Workers Protect and Strengthen California’s Public Healthcare Safety Net

(SACRAMENTO) – SEIU California applauded the agreement reached between California and the federal government on continued federal healthcare funding for the state. An “agreement in concept” on the proposed new waiver lays out the terms of healthcare funding and reforms that the federal government will support. The agreement in principle will bring a minimum of $6.2 billion to California’s public healthcare safety net.

“This agreement shows that the federal government continues to recognize California’s leadership on implementing healthcare reform, which has been a collaboration between healthcare workers, the state, and healthcare employers,” said Laphonza Butler, President of SEIU California “The waiver will allow California healthcare workers and employers to continue our national leadership role in transforming our healthcare system to make it more efficient, effective, and inclusive.” 

The waiver includes:

  • Full funding for continued public hospital transformation for the next five years
  • Funding for public hospital uncompensated carePulls the DSH public hospital funding into the waiver and adds $236 million in federal funding in the first year to transform how care is delivered to the remaining uninsured, with the potential for more over four years
  • Whole Person Care pilots: County-led pilots designed to better integrate health care, behavioral health, social services, and LTSS to improve outcomes and reduce costs.

“With the amazing commitment from SEIU members, we took the fight all the way to the top and met with local, state, and federal healthcare leaders to make our case,” said Luisa Blue, Chief Elected Officer of SEIU Local 521. “There were many challenges along the way, but in the end, we overcame those obstacles to win for our public hospitals and the communities we serve. And we have built stronger partnerships with community and state allies who stand with us to protect and strengthen safety net services.”

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