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Sierra Nevada Hospital Supports Prop 52

One of the 18 state ballot propositions in November has the strong support of Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital. Proposition 52 would require voter approval before any Medi-Cal reimbursement money could be diverted from a hospital fee program. The program, established in 2009, requires hospitals to pay a fee to help California obtain available Federal funding. This program has resulted in hospitals getting about 2-billion dollars a year. But Kevin Riggs, with the “Yes on 52” campaign, says in 2011, the Legislature diverted about half-a-billion dollars, to help close the state’s budget gap…

click to listen to Kevin Riggs

Riggs says there are currently about 26-thousand people enrolled in Medi-Cal in Nevada County, with about half being children, the biggest beneficiaries…

click to listen to Kevin Riggs

Riggs says Medi-Cal enrollment has also greatly expanded in California recently, thanks to the Federal Health Care Reform Act making it available for more residents.

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