Sacramento — Today, the California State Assembly took up one of several policy bills (AB 1X) to implement the Affordable Care Act. This bill would authorize an extensive expansion of the already flawed Medi-Cal system. Assemblyman Curt Hagman, along with other Assembly Republicans, also has major concerns about the fiscal impact it will have on taxpayers.
“Ensuring access to affordable care is a goal shared by all, but we must ensure the sustainability of both the program and funding,” stated Assemblyman Hagman. “This is not the time to enroll another 1.4 million people into a flawed program at the expense of taxpayers and quality of care.”
The Medi-Cal system already has a very limited network of providers, low patient satisfaction, and pays low provider reimbursement rates. New mandates will only increase insurance premiums while decreasing quality of care. In addition, the non-partisan Legislative Analyst believes this expansion will cost taxpayers $3 to $10 billion over the next ten years, even with federal funding.
AB 1X passed the Assembly with a vote of 53-22.