Need your help by July 21 to share data key to our advocacy on your behalf. We know the challenges when hospitals are unable to timely discharge patients, such as:
Following narrow Senate passage last month, a bill that would raise the minimum wage for all health care workers in all settings in California to $21 in 2024 and $25 in 2025 is now making its way through the Assembly. The minimum wage would also increase annually by 3.5% or the Consumer Price Index, whichever is lesser.
Earlier this week, the state Legislature and governor reached a budget agreement that — starting in 2025 — will bring an estimated $1.7 billion annually for California hospitals and even more for primary and specialty care physicians treating people covered by Medi-Cal.
Last week, CEOs should have received an email asking for help with an important CHA survey on discharge delays. In case you missed it — we need your response please by June 30.
“Hospital emergency departments house homeless mental health patients for days — and sometimes weeks — while they wait for mental health bed capacity to open due to a severe shortage of inpatient and step-down unit beds.” — Sacramento County Grand Jury Investigative Report, June 2023
Last week, after multiple votes within a single day, a host of verbal concessions and future promises between legislators, and a few amendments, a bill that would raise the minimum wage for all health care workers in all settings in California to $25 an hour squeaked through the state Senate with the minimum number of votes needed.
Last month, 41 members of California’s congressional delegation signed on to a bipartisan letter to the Republican and Democratic leaders of the House of Representatives asking that they protect the state’s safety net hospitals from devastating federal cuts.
As California’s political leaders head into critical weeks of budget negotiations this year, hospitals are in the thick of the conversation, with key state lawmakers sharing the concern about the growing crisis in access to care yet differing about the path to address the problem.
On Tuesday, dozens of supporters of a bill that would raise the minimum wage for all health care workers in California to $25 an hour, starting Jan. 1, 2024, descended on Sacramento. Their message: This bill is needed to address staffing shortages in hospitals and other health care settings.
The theme of the American Hospital Association’s National Hospital Week celebration this year is deceptively simple: “We Are Healthcare.”