The Coalition to Protect Access to Care — a broad and diverse group of doctors, dentists, community health centers, hospitals, including CHA, Planned Parenthood, emergency responders, health plans, and health care workers — this week filed a statewide ballot measure with the California Attorney General’s office with the goal of qualifying the measure for the November 2024 ballot.
The initiative builds on the historic investment that the Governor and Legislature made earlier this year to dedicate funding for Medi-Cal. This is an important step to ensuring that critical health care dollars stay in health care, will provide funding for health care providers, and will make sure patients will have access to care for years to come.
Now more than ever, it is important that the 15 million Californians who rely on Medi-Cal for health insurance have access to care. Equally as important is ensuring that emergency room wait times are reduced for all Californians, that there is more funding for mental health programs across the state, and that we help reduce the cost of important prescription drugs.
Specifically, the initiative will:
- Increase funding for mental health programs that care for children and Medi-Cal patients
- Expand access to health care for Medi-Cal patients, which will result in reduced emergency room usage and shortened wait times
- Enable California to manufacture its own insulin and other prescription drugs at much lower prices
Visit AccessToHealthCareCA.com for more information and to join our coalition.