11/09/2016

Prop. 56 passes; major win for oral health


CDA is excited to report that Proposition 56, co-sponsored by CDA to raise the state’s tobacco tax by $2, passed overwhelmingly in yesterday’s election with 62 percent of the vote.

Winning a ballot measure campaign in California is a massive undertaking, especially with an opposition as powerful and well-funded as the tobacco industry. We are grateful for member support that made participation in this campaign possible, and to those who went the extra step to help us collect qualifying signatures, distribute campaign materials and spread the Yes on 56 message.   

CDA, along with our coalition partners, has taken a significant step to address a critical public health issue and improve oral health in California. Proposition 56 will save thousands of lives, save the health care system billions of dollars, and provide substantial new funding for Medi-Cal provider reimbursements so more patients can get care. Also, the state oral health program overseen by California’s dental director will now receive $30 million per year, a tenfold increase in state funding for a program that has not previously had a dedicated revenue source.

The success of Proposition 56 is another example of what we are capable of accomplishing through our collective efforts and working with our partners in health care.

Further updates on Proposition 56 and our progress on next steps will be provided in the CDA Update, e-newsletter and cda.org.



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