Bonta Releases Statement Following Historic MCO Tax Vote

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

(SACRAMENTO, CA)- Today, Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland), Chair of the Assembly Public Health and Developmental Services Committee in the Second Extraordinary Session and Co-Chair of the Conference Committee, released the following statement after the passage of ABX2 1 (Bonta) and SBX2 2 (Hernández):

“Today’s deal was the result of months of negotiations, and once again proved that politics is the art of the possible.  California’s existing MCO tax needed to be restructured, and we did so while providing critical funding for Medi-Cal. The rate reductions on Distinct Part Skilled Nursing Facilities were painful, and today we made sure that these facilities can continue providing essential medical care to the most vulnerable Californians.  And, we made a promise to start repairing the Developmental Disability System. Today, we fulfilled that promise.”

ABX2 1, which passed on a unanimous 10-0 vote, and SBX2 2, which passed on a party-line 6-4 vote, will be heard Thursday on the Assembly and Senate Floors.

Assemblymember Bonta represents the 18th Assembly District, which includes the cities of Oakland, Alameda, and San Leandro. Bonta Chairs the Assembly Health Committee, the Select Committee on the Status of Boys and Men of Color, and in the second Extraordinary Session, the Public Health and Developmental Services Committee. He is also a member of the following committees: Appropriations, Budget, Budget Subcommittee No. 1 on Health and Human Services, Joint Legislative Budget, Joint Legislative Committee on Emergency Management, Natural Resources, and Public Employees, Retirement, and Social Security.