Last week the California Legislature approved a budget that includes $546 billion in Proposition 56 funding to improve patient access to Medi-Cal. The original intent of the voter-approved proposition to add a $2 tax on tobacco products was for all of the revenues to go toward rate increases for physicians who participate in Medi-Cal fee-for-service or managed care. In January, however, the Governor’s budget redirected all tobacco tax revenues to the state’s General Fund. The ACCMA and the California Medical Association (CMA) lobbied state legislators extensively to recover all the funding as required by the proposition, and are now pursuing other options to uphold voter intent. To find out how you can get involved, contact the ACCMA at (510) 654-5383.