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Tobacco Tax Initiative

Tuesday, March 8, 2016   (0 Comments)
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Tobacco Tax Initiative
In the closing days of the 2015 legislative session, with active opposition from the tobacco lobby and a general impasse on managed care organization (MCO) tax reform and other special session issues, a package of tobacco related bills failed to emerge for house votes. In response, the Save Lives California coalition filed a ballot measure for the November 2016 election to raise the state’s tobacco tax by $2.00 per pack. In addition to increased Medi-Cal reimbursement rates that the new revenue would provide, the measure would dedicate $30 million annually to fund State Oral Health Plan programs overseen by the State Dental Director. This would be an unprecedented dedicated funding source for oral health programs in California.

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