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Protect Prop. 56 Medi-Cal Rates

On May 14, Governor Newsom proposed taking virtually all of the Proposition 56 tobacco tax revenue to help close the state’s budget deficit. CDA applauds the California State Senate Budget Committee for passing a budget proposal that prioritizes access to care for the state’s most vulnerable and ensures that the Proposition 56 revenue is used as intended. CDA is urging the legislature to stand with dentists to protect patient access to care and support the Senate’s proposal. The Senate plan will continue the 40% rate increase for Medi-Cal dental providers and continue funding for the $272 million provider loan repayment program.

Difficult decisions will be made by the legislature to address the state’s fiscal challenges, but state leaders cannot balance the state budget on the backs of patients, dentists and physicians who have risen to meet the COVID-19 crisis. Unlike the governor’s proposal that violated Proposition 56, the Senate’s plan supports the continued use of Proposition 56 to support access to care in the Medi-Cal program.