Sierra County Democrat Central Committee Chair, Cindy Ellsmore reports that the Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) funding resolution was adopted at the general session on Sunday. One of 14 out of about 85 submitted. Rosemarie Smallcombe of Mariposa County did a wonderful job of lobbying with some help from Ellsmore. The next effort will be to contact legislators individually to let them know we support AB 900 to reverse the Medi-Cal cuts for all DP/SNFs. If that doesn’t pass we’ll be helping with SB 646 for rural relief.
Below is the SNF Resolution
SUPPORT OF HOSPITABLE DISTINCT PART SKILLED NURSING FACILITIES
WHEREAS, California Democrats believe that health care is a human right and not a privilege and thatmeaningful access to such care is essential, and Democrats therefore “support the full funding ofcommunity clinics and health centers that serve low-income and homeless populations;” and
WHEREAS, in the spring of 2013, the California state government intends to reduce Medi-‐Cal repaymentrates to Hospital Distinct Part Skilled Nursing Facilities (DP/SNF) based on rates in effect in 2008 andto recoup funds for claims with dates of service beginning June 1, 2011; these intended cuts andretroactive repayment recovery are not sustainable by district hospitals and therefore those hospitalsmay be forced to eliminate local access to these critical services; an
WHEREAS, if these reductions and recoupment occur, they will cause (1) a devastating decrease inrepayments of up to 30% for many facilities; (2) many District Hospitals to shift beds and/or close entireunits; (3) many Medi-‐Cal beneficiaries to be transferred to other skilled nursing facilities, oftensignificantly outside of their community, resulting in disruption in the continuity of care; (4) patients to bedistant from their support networks of family and friends; (5) approximately 30% of transferred patientsto die shortly after their relocation as a result of trauma associated with the relocation; and (6) DP/SNFclosures which may result in significant economic disruption and hardship to the communities in which theDP/SNFs are located due to loss of jobs and related income;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the California Democratic Party opposes these rate reductions to theMedi-‐Cal program that will decrease access to care and disproportionately harm the most vulnerableamong us, and encourages Democratic state legislators to introduce and pass legislation to overturn suchcuts and to provide even greater funding for rural hospitals and clinics.
Adopted by the California Democratic party on April 14, 2013.