Proposition 52, which extends fees paid by hospitals that are used to generate federal matching funds for Medi-Cal health services, was approved by California voters Tuesday.
Approval of the measure will extend fees that are set to expire in 2018. It also requires voter approval of any change in the use of the fees.
The proposition did not have active, vocal opposition, although some critics 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 insisted, 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 would have resulted in the closure of some hospitals and limits on health services, proponents claim.
–City News Service