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California Hospital Association Media Statement: Last-Ditch Cosmetic Changes Don’t Change Harmful Consequences of AB 975 Nurses Union Misleads Lawmakers to Sustain Political Attack

California Hospital Association Media Statement: Last-Ditch Cosmetic Changes Don’t Change Harmful Consequences of AB 975 Nurses Union Misleads Lawmakers to Sustain Political Attack

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Published by Mitch Zak
With just hours left to prolong their political attack against nonprofit hospitals, the California Nurses Association has yet again amended Assembly Bill 975. The union’s last-ditch effort to save their bill is nothing more than a desperate effort to mislead legislators into thinking they are addressing a real policy problem.

The latest amendments – the fourth series of changes since the bill was introduced in February - makes reference to school-based clinics and proposes to delay implementation of the legislation for a year. These changes are nothing more than cosmetic modifications and do nothing to change the fact that the bill conflicts with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and would cost the state millions of dollars to implement.
With just hours left to prolong their political attack against nonprofit hospitals, the California Nurses Association has yet again amended Assembly Bill 975. The union’s last-ditch effort to save their bill is nothing more than a desperate effort to mislead legislators into thinking they are addressing a real policy problem.

The latest amendments – the fourth series of changes since the bill was introduced in February - makes reference to school-based clinics and proposes to delay implementation of the legislation for a year. These changes are nothing more than cosmetic modifications and do nothing to change the fact that the bill conflicts with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and would cost the state millions of dollars to implement.

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MEDIA STATEMENT
May 30, 2013
Last-Ditch Cosmetic Changes Don’t ChangeHarmful Consequences of AB 975
 Nurses Union Misleads Lawmakers to Sustain Political Attack  ByC. Duane Dauner  President/CEOCalifornia Hospital Association
With just hours left to prolong their political attack against nonprofit hospitals, the California Nurses Association has yet again amended Assembly Bill 975. The union’s last-ditch effort tosave their bill is nothing more than a desperate effort to mislead legislators into thinking they areaddressing a real policy problem.The latest amendments – the fourth series of changes since the bill was introduced in February -makes reference to school-based clinics and proposes to delay implementation of the legislationfor a year. These changes are nothing more than cosmetic modifications and do nothing tochange the fact that the bill conflicts with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and would cost thestate millions of dollars to implement.AB 975 is opposed by a statewide bipartisan coalition of organizations, including SEIU-UHW,the California Chamber of Commerce, the California Hospital Association, CaliforniaAssociation of Physician Groups and community organizations including Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Sacramento, the Orange County Medical Association, Cancer Support CommunityRedondo Beach and WEAVE, Inc.The nurses’ union has been trying for months to find a justification to keep AB 975 alive, publicly using words like transparency and accountability. Serial amendments cannot obscure thefact that nonprofit hospitals today provide hundreds of millions of dollars in community benefitslike cancer research, diabetes screening, children’s health care and burn units that have savedfirefighters’ lives. Nonprofit hospitals must reinvest every dollar above expenses into the localcommunity – investments that could be threatened by AB 975.Current law holds nonprofit hospitals accountable to ensure they operate under the requirementsto receive tax-exempt status. The law also already requires full transparency by nonprofithospitals. Community benefit plans, which include charity care investments, must be updatedevery year to ensure they address issues in real time, are public and available for inspection. — 
 
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