CHA touts historic agreement to protect hospital services, improves access to care

California Hospital Association President and CEO C. Duane Dauner announced this week that the association has reached a historic agreement with legislative leaders to eliminate Medi-Cal payment cuts to hospital-based skilled nursing facilities, while bringing in more than $10 billion in new federal Medicaid funds to California hospitals and providing $2.4 billion in additional revenue to the state general fund. SB 239 will create a new Medi-Cal hospital fee program that will allow California hospitals to respond to increased demands resulting from the implementation of the federal Affordable Care Act. Hospitals will receive the new federal funds in the form of supplemental Medi-Cal payments. The agreement also aligns financial incentives to ensure the state's financial share is guaranteed. Announcement