California’s Assembly and Senate Budget Committees voted to reject the Governor’s budget proposal, which would have diverted $1.6 billion from Proposition 56 (tobacco tax increase) to cover general fund responsibilities in the Medi-Cal program, instead of improving access to care for the 13.7 Californians served by Medi-Cal. The Assembly and Senate have each introduced their own tobacco tax spending proposal, and the California Medical Association (CMA) is urging physicians to contact legislators to ask them to support the Assembly proposal, which would allocate most of the money to Medi-Cal physicians, as intended by the voters. To find out more, go to the CMA website at