The Plumas County Economic Recovery Committee (PCERC) wishes to voice its opposition to the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) submitted State Plan Amendment (SPA) 11-010, which seeks authorization to reduce MediCal reimbursement rates for certain facilities, including skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) and sub-acute-care units that are distinct parts of hospitals, to 2008-09 rates less 10 percent. If approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the reduced rates will be effective retroactively to June 1, 2011.
Gov. Jerry Brown has delivered on his campaign promise to tackle pension reform. The plan he put forward is bold and comprehensive. It is also politically risky.
Public employee unions, longtime allies of the governor, will strongly oppose key portions of it, as will many of Brown’s fellow Democrats in the Legislature. Even Republicans may balk when it comes to rollbacks for police officers and firefighters, the most politically powerful public employees who enjoy the most robust pensions.