SACRAMENTO – Senator Anthony Cannella (R-Ceres) today issued the following statement regarding the Legislature’s passage of a Managed Care Organization (MCO) financing package:
“Today, the California Legislature passed an important set of bills which will allow the state to bring in additional funding and increase health care services to many Californians. The package received strong bipartisan support because it reduces the cost of health insurance for many Californians while bringing new federal dollars back to California for programs that serve our most vulnerable citizens.
“Not only will this reform bring more than $1 billion in federal funding back to our state, but it also secures funding to improve services for the developmentally disabled and prevents the closure of skilled nursing facilities. In my district alone, there are more than 6,000 developmentally disabled residents that receive services. In addition, it provides additional funding to the San Joaquin Valley PRIME program through UC Merced. Our region is already struggling to meet the goals set forth by Covered California and access to care will only get worse in the years to come unless we invest in programs such as PRIME.”