- California Proposition 78 (2005)
California Proposition 78 was rejected by voters in the
California Special Election, 2005. According to a press release from the office of the California Secretary of State, Bruce McPhersonthe proposition summary was:
Establishes a discount drug program, overseen by the Department of Health Services. Enables certain low- and moderate- income California residents to purchase prescription drugs at reduced prices. Imposes $15 application fee, renewable annually. Requires Department’s prompt determination of residents’ eligibility, based on listed qualifications. Authorizes Department to contract with pharmacies to sell prescriptiondrugs at agreed-upon discounts negotiated in advance, and to negotiate rebate agreements with drug manufacturers. Permits outreach programs to increase public awareness. Creates state fund for deposit of rebatepayments from drug manufacturers. Allows program to be terminated under specified conditions. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local governments: Onetime and ongoing state costs, potentially in the millions to low tens of millions of dollars annually, for administration and outreach activities to implement the new drug discount program. A significant share of these costswould probably be borne by the state General Fund. A largely one-time state cost, potentially in the low tens of millions of dollars, to cover the funding gap between the time when drug rebates are collected by the state andwhen the state pays funds to pharmacies for drug discounts provided to consumers. Any such costs not covered through advance rebate payments from drug manufacturers would be borne by the state General Fund. Unknown savings on state and county health program costs due to the availability of drug discounts. [http://www.ss.ca.gov/executive/press_releases/2005/05_066.pdf]
* [http://www.healthvote.org/index.php/site/prop_home/C32/ HealthVote.org: Non-partisan Information & Analysis about Proposition 78]
* [http://www.votecircle.com VoteCircle.com Non-partisan resources & vote sharing network for Californians]
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