Groups Unveil Ballot Measure To Expand Home Health Services
Several Southern California not-for-profit organizations have proposed a November 2016 ballot measure that would seek to raise money to expand various anti-poverty initiatives, including certain home health visits, the Sacramento Bee's "Capitol Alert" reports.
Details of Measure
If approved, the ballot measure -- titled the Lifting Children and Families Out of Poverty Act -- would impose a surcharge of between 0.3% and 1% on real estate with assessed values between $3 million and $5 million.
The money would be used to expand services, such as:
- Existing prenatal home health visits and early childhood services;
- Childcare and preschool programs; and
- Job training and hiring-incentive programs.
In addition, the measure would:
- Increase payments to participants in CalWORKS, the state's welfare-to-work program; and
- Implement a more expansive earned-income tax credit.
Bill Carrick, an adviser to the ballot measure's sponsors, said, "There are some terrific things that the Legislature did [in its fiscal year 2015-2016 state budget], but we're looking to come up with a comprehensive solution and come up with a funding stream."
However, the ballot measure currently lacks sufficient funding needed to gather signatures and run a statewide campaign (Miller, "Capitol Alert," Sacramento Bee, 7/21).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.