|Mayers CEO, Matt Rees with Assembly Member Dr. Richard Pan, 9th District, Chair of Assembly Health Committee|
Mayers Memorial Hospital District (MMHD) CEO, Matt Rees has been busy lately with a number of legislative events. Spring is the legislative season in Sacramento, a time when new bills and proposed ballot measures are on the top of the agenda. Rural healthcare is always an important issue and a hands-on; grassroots approach is in the best interest of a small facility like MMHD.
Rees recently testified before the Assembly Health Committee regarding AB1805. The bill requires the Department of Healthcare Services to disregard the 10% payment reductions for Medi-Cal providers.
Prior to testifying, Rees met with Dr. Richard Pan, Assembly Health Committee Chair to discuss the best approach. Rees represented the California Hospital Association on this matter. AB1805 passed the committee unanimously and is currently awaiting the next step.
This is just one of many efforts during this legislative season. Rees, along with other staff and board members have attended legislative days hosted by Association of California Hospital Districts (ACHD), California Hospital Association (CHA) and other advocacy groups.
Last year proved that grass roots efforts and small communities could have a large impact. MMHD has been repeatedly recognized within CHA for efforts in leading the way to the success of AB900, which saved many skilled nursing facilities throughout the state. Rees said the community and employees of the hospital played a significant role in the success of that legislation.