California Department of Health Services and California State Government: Reverse AB97, no cuts for Medi-Cal services provided by DP/SNFs.
  • Petitioned Toby Douglas

This petition was delivered to:

Director, DHCS
Toby Douglas
Secretary, DHCS
Diana Dooley
California State Assembly
Assemblyman Brian Dahle
California State Senate
California State House
State Rep. Wesley Chesbro
State Sen. Ted Gaines

California Department of Health Services and California State Government: Reverse AB97, no cuts for Medi-Cal services provided by DP/SNFs.

    1. Petition by

      Mayers Memorial Hospital District

If approved state cuts are implemented as planned, Mayers Memorial Hospital District may be forced to close Long Term Care facilities. Long Term Care cost per day for FY 2011-12 was $255 with a break even reimbursement rate of $255. The cuts would result in a 22% decrease in reimbursement and a new daily reimbursment rate of $201. The economic impact of these cuts equals $1.6 million annually. Reduced reimbursement would have a devastating effect on our long term care facilities and local hospital. With reimbursement payments not covering costs, the hospital would be faced with closing the nursing home facilities. The result would be displacement of many long term care residents with the nearest facilities being over 75 miles away.

The facilities in Redding would only accommodate less than 20% of the current residents. Others would have to relocate to Sacramento or beyond, meaning an 8-10 hour round trip for family members. Additionally, many of the other facilities are private and only accept a certain percentage of Medi-Cal patients. Ninety-seven percent of the residents at the Fall River and Burney Long Term Care facilities are Medi-Cal patients. 

It is documented that when a move like this occurs, a patients’ life expectancy drops by 30%. Numbers cannot measure the loneliness and sadness a patient endures or the difficulties imposed on a family. Many patients experience stress that can cause an increase in dementia, anxiety, weight loss and depression with a high percentage that die within six months of relocating. If beds in the Mayers’ facilities are terminated as a result of the cuts, patients and their families will be irrepairably affected.

In addition, the closure of any part of the local facility would have a negative effect on our rural community. The layoff of over 100 employees collecting over $3.7 million in payroll and benefits would economically impact our community, local residents and businesses.

Toby Douglas, Director, DHCS
Diana Dooley, Secretary, DHCS
Assemblyman Brian Dahle, California State Assembly
California State Senate
California State House
State Rep. Wesley Chesbro, California-002
State Sen. Ted Gaines, California-001
Reverse AB97, no cuts for Medi-Cal services provided by DP/SNFs.

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      Thank you for your assistance!

    11. Reached 50 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Charmaine Frost ROSEVILLE, CA
      • over 1 year ago

      Preserve the dignity near the end of life for our seniors and those unable to fend for themselves.

    • chris kelly MCARTHUR, CA
      • over 1 year ago

      we live over 80 miles from an urban hospital, and we need to be able to use services locally

    • Linda Yaap LAKE ALMANOR, CA
      • over 1 year ago

      We live in a rural community. The excellent LTC unit here is vital to our community

    • Patricia Baremore MCARTHUR, CA
      • over 1 year ago

      This hospital's LTC facility is so important to the area's economy. The layoffs affect several small communities, and includes the markets, the schools, the Dr. Offices, gas and electric companies, etc.

    • Pedro Meza AVENAL, CA
      • over 1 year ago

      Will take away jobs from local comunities


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