Extends indeﬁnitely an existing statute that imposes fees on hospitals to fund Medi-Cal health care services, care for uninsured patients, and children’s health coverage. Fiscal Impact: Uncertain ﬁscal effect, ranging from relatively little impact to annual state General Fund savings of around $1 billion and increased funding for public hospitals in the low hundreds of millions of dollars annually.
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Supporters of Proposition 52 believe that the state has wrongly redirected increasing amounts of hospital fee program funds into the general fund. They believe that Proposition 52 will put safeguards in place that will restore the original intention of the hospital fee program and help Medi-Cal patients and low income patients.
Opponents of Proposition 52 believe that the measure will allow hospital executives to use funds with no oversight on affordability, quality, or access. They say the proposition would divert resources from needy patients to special interests. They claim the measure does not guarantee the funds are spent on health resources.