CMA President issues statement in response to Governor Newsom’s May budget proposal

May 13, 2022

California Medical Association (CMA) President Robert E. Wailes, MD, issued the following statement in response to Governor Gavin Newsom’s May budget review:

“On behalf of the nearly 50,000 physicians, residents and medical students who are members of the California Medical Association (CMA), we are encouraged that Governor Newsom’s budget review puts health care first and demonstrates a commitment continues to provide universal health care access and coverage for all Californians.

The CMA is pleased that the Governor’s proposal recognizes the sacrifices made by our healthcare personnel during the pandemic. As we enter the third year of the pandemic and our healthcare workers continue to deal with the unprecedented crisis, we applaud the Governor’s plan to provide payouts to retain our frontline healthcare workers and to increase funding for vaccinations that will protect patients and keep our communities safe and healthy.

Governor’s Proposed Budget Includes Significant Investments to Reduce Disparities in the Health System and Improve Access and Quality of Care for Children’s Preventative Health, Maternity Care, Women’s Reproductive Health and Integrated Services behavioral health.

In addition, the budget provides critical funding to help small medical practices and safety nets comply with statewide health information exchange requirements that will streamline patient data across 58 California counties.

Our state is blessed with the resources to support those who struggle the most among us, and CMA will continue to advocate for the 13.5 million Californians who depend on essential Medi-Cal programs for their health care.

The CMA looks forward to working with the Legislative Assembly and the Governor to strengthen our health care system, because every Californian deserves access to the highest quality health care.

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