Northridge Hospital. Via wikimedia commons
Northridge Hospital. Via wikimedia commons

A measure getting little attention on Tuesday’s ballot is Proposition 52, which would extend fees paid by hospitals that are used to generate federal matching funds for Medi-Cal health services.

The measure would extend fees that are set to expire in 2018. It would also require voter approval of any change in the use of the fees.

The proposition does not have active, vocal opposition, although some critics have questioned whether it would simply generate $3 billion for hospital executives without any oversight and no requirement that the funds be spent on health care.

Proponents insist, however, that the federal matching funds generated by the fees helps provide health care to more than 13 million people in the state, including children, low-income families and senior citizens. Failing to extend the fees could result in the closure of some hospitals and limits on health services, proponents claim.

— City News Service

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