California Society for Respiratory Care
Statement of Support – Proposition 52

The California Society for Respiratory Care supports Proposition 52.  

In 2009 the Medi-Cal hospital fee programs was California Legislature created with broad bi-partisan support.  The program generates more than $3 million dollars in federal matching funds that California would not receive otherwise.  This program has successfully funded care for children, seniors and low-income working families through our Medi-Cal System.   Proposition 52 will enact a changes within our system to help ensure the continued success of the hospital fee program.

1)    Prop. 52 will permanently extend the hospital fee program and continue to generate federal matching funds.
2)    Proposition 52 strictly prohibits the Legislature from using these funds for any other purpose without a vote of the people.
3)    This measure generates over $3 billion in available federal funds with no state cost to California Taxpayers.

This ballot proposition is supported by a bi-partisan coalition of healthcare providers including, but not limited to:

·      California Hospital Association (the organization who represents those who pay the hospital fee)
·      California Children’s Hospital Association
·      Congress of California Seniors
·      California Medical Association
·      Refer to link below to view the full list of organizations supporting Prop 52

http://www.yesprop52.org/our-coalition?src=about

Additional Information Sources:

·      California Legislative Analyst’s Office: http://www.lao.ca.gov/ballot/2016/Prop52-110816.pdf
·      http://cainitiatives2016.com/2016/07/08/prop-52-medi-cal-hospital-reimbursement-initiative/
·      California Voter Information Guide – General Election Tuesday, November 8, 2016

California Society for Respiratory Care
Statement of Support – Proposition 56

The California Society for Respiratory Care supports Proposition 56.

The California Healthcare, Research, and Prevention Tobacco Tax Act of 2016 proposes initiatives to save lives by preventing childhood tobacco addiction, improving health care, helping people quit smoking, and researching cures for cancer and other tobacco-related diseases.  The measure would use the majority of the tax revenue to fund Medi-Cal reimbursements, with the remainder going to tobacco education for California public health, healthcare research at California universities, and public safety. Proposition 56 will enact changes within our system to help ensure treatment and prevention strategies are addressed.
1)    Prop 56 reduces youth smoking by funding tobacco prevention and control programs.
2)    $30 million annually will fund the State of California Department of Public Health Dental Program to support in educating about, preventing, and treating dental disease including those caused by the use of cigarettes and other tobacco products.
3)    Prop 56 asks smokers to pay their fair share to improve health care and fight cancer. Smoking costs California $13.3 billion every year in health care costs.
4)    Prop 56 is transparent and accountable to prevent waste and diversion of funds. It includes biennial financial audits by an independent, non-partisan California State Auditor. Report will be publicly available.

This ballot proposition is supported by a bi-partisan coalition of healthcare providers including, but not limited to:

·      American Association for Respiratory Care
·      American Academy of Pediatrics
·      California Academy of Preventive Medicine
·      March of Dimes
·      American Heart Association
·      Refer to link below to view the full list of organizations supporting Prop 56
http://www.yeson56.org/
Additional Information Sources:
·      Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids: http://www.tobaccofreekids.org/research/factsheets/pdf/0098.pdf
·      California Legislative Analyst’s Office: http://www.lao.ca.gov/ballot/2016/Prop56-110816.pdf

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