The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has approved increased Medi-Cal reimbursement rates for fee-for-service physician services funded by the Proposition 56 tobacco tax, a measure championed by the ACCMA and CMA. These supplemental payments will be applied retroactively to certain services provided between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018. No change to current billing is required, and retroactive payments will be handled through a separate process. These reimbursement rate increases represent a significant victory in the ACCMA and CMA’s fight to regain the majority of the funds dedicated to physicians through the Proposition 56 tobacco tax funds that were intended to improve access to care for Medi-Cal patients. Through the ACCMA and CMA’s leadership and advocacy efforts, California’s Senate and Assembly both rejected the Governor’s proposal and laid out a different framework for appropriating tobacco tax revenues into the final budget. ACCMA and CMA will continue to advocate for Medi-Cal reimbursement rates that cover the full cost of care. CMS is expected to approve an equivalent increase in reimbursement rates for physicians providing care to Medi-Cal managed care patients this year. To read more, go to