LOS ANGELES, CA—Today, Doctors for America released a letter from California physicians and medical students to Governor Jerry Brown and leaders in the state legislature asking them not to cut vital health care services in the California budget.
As stated in the letter, “The proposed cuts would cripple our ability to provide timely care for hundreds of thousands of the sickest and most vulnerable patients in our state.” More than 150 physicians and medical students from across the state signed the letter.
The proposed cuts include a 10 percent cut in provider reimbursement rates, which will make it even more difficult to provide care to the 7,700,000 Californians who depend on Medi-Cal. California ranks 47 out of the 50 states in Medicaid reimbursements. Additional cuts are being proposed for in-home support services and adult day care, two programs that help keep seniors and the disabled at home instead of in institutions.
“While the state budget is a serious concern for all Californians, we cannot afford to take away services that are protecting people’s health and independence”, said Dr. Alice Chen, board member of Doctors for America and hospital physician in Los Angeles. “As doctors on the frontlines, we are very concerned about the potential consequences of these cuts and urge our state leaders to consider alternative revenue sources."
The letter and signatures can be seen: here.