CDCAN: Legislature Gears Up for Budget Subcommittee Hearings In Early March – Senate Releases Schedule – All Eyes on Health Care Reform/Medi-Cal Expansion and Education Funding – and Governor’s May Budget Revisions

California State Budget:

LEGISLATURE GEARS UP FOR BUDGET SUBCOMMITTEE HEARINGS BEGINNING IN EARLY MARCH

  • ·      State Senate Budget Subcommittee Hearing Schedule Released
  • ·      Education Funding and Health Care Reform Implementation Including Changes to Medi-Cal Program Are Budget Main Issues For Policymakers
  • ·      Feb 28th Informational Hearing by Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Health & Human Services and Assembly Health Committee on Healthy Families Transition to Medi-Cal Program and Update on Transition of Community-Based Adult Services Program that Replaced the Now Eliminated Adult Day Health Care Medi-Cal Benefit

 

SACRAMENTO, CA (CDCAN)  [Last updated 02/12/2013 09:00 PM] –  The legislative budget process kicks up in high gear in early March, with the release of the tentative schedule of State Senate budget subcommittee hearings through early May.  The Assembly is expected to release its schedule of subcommittee hearings very soon.   

 

The budget subcommittee hearings – unlike most of the hearings of the full budget committees –  focuses on the details of the Governor’s major proposals and allows for brief public comment.  The Senate budget subcommittee schedule – which is tentative and subject to change – covers all the major programs including developmental services, In-Home Supportive Services, Medi-Cal, education, adult education, CalWORKS and more that impact children and adults with developmental and other disabilities, mental health needs, the blind, seniors and families and individuals with low incomes.    

 

The subcommittees can also take action on many items – though no action is final until the Legislature actually passes a budget and sends it to the Governor – something that will likely happen by late June. 

 

GOVERNOR SUBMITTED PROPOSED BUDGET JANUARY 10th – NOW ITS IN LEGISLATURE’S HANDS

  • ·      Governor Brown released on January 10th his proposed 2013-2014 State Budget – a spending plan that for the first time in over 10 years, did not contain major new spending reductions, especially to health and human service programs and projects a modest surplus, assuming the Legislature enacts the Governor’s spending and revenue proposals. 
  • ·      The spending plan however does contain several major assumptions that the State will eventually prevail in federal court in several lawsuits dealing with previously enacted cuts, including major cuts to In-Home Supportive Services and Medi-Cal, that currently are blocked by federal court orders.
  • ·      The State Senate and Assembly now control this part of the budget process, with subcommittee hearings that have been or will be scheduled in the coming weeks through May, when the Governor returns to center stage on the budget to release his proposed budget revisions called the “May Revise”.

 

JOINT ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE HEARING ON TRANSITION OF HEALTHLY FAMILIES PROGRAM – AND TRANSITION OF COMMUNITY-BASED ADULT SERVICES PROGRAM

  • ·      Meanwhile the Assembly Budget Subcommittee #1 on Health and Human Services and the Assembly Health Committee has scheduled a special joint hearing on February 28th, Thursday, focusing on the controversial transition of thousands of children from families with low incomes in the Healthy Families Program to the Medi-Cal program, and the equally controversial transition of thousands of people with disabilities and seniors into the new Community-Based Adult Services program that replaced the now eliminated Adult Day Health Care Medi-Cal benefit and the new Medi-Cal policy dealing with hearing aids reimbursements.
  • ·      The joint hearing, will be chaired by Assemblymember Holly Mitchell (Democrat – Los Angeles), chair of the Assembly Budget Subcommittee #1 on Health and Human Services, and by Assemblymember Richard Pan (Democrat – Sacramento), chair of the Assembly Health Committee.  
  • ·      Informational hearing – brief public comment will likely be taken –  is scheduled for February 28th, Thursday, upon adjournment of the Assembly floor session, at the State Capitol in Room 4202.  [CDCAN will release hearing agenda when it becomes available]

 

FULL BUDGET COMMITTEES HELD HEARINGS FOR OVERVIEW OF BUDGET

  • ·      The full Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee, chaired by Sen. Mark Leno (Democrat – San Francisco), as previously reported already held an informational hearing on January 24th for an overview of the Governor’s proposed budget plan, as did the Assembly Budget Committee on January 31st
  • ·      No public testimony was taken at either hearing – and presentations at both hearings were identical, provided by the Governor’s Department of Finance and the non-partisan Legislative Analyst Office (LAO).

 

NEXT STEPS

  • ·      SENATE BUDGET COMMITTEE HEARINGS: Unlike in previous years, the full Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee has scheduled three hearings this month focusing on education and health care – the two budget areas that will likely consume most of the attention and concern of the Governor and Legislature in the coming months.  The three informational hearings are scheduled to begin on February 14th (Thursday) at 09:30 AM at the State Capitol (all in Room 4203), on higher education, followed on February 21st on health care, and then concluding on February 28th on K-12 education.  These hearings are informational and meant to be an overview of these particular budget areas.  The budget subcommittee hearings will focus on the specifics on the Governor’s proposals (and take public comment) in these areas. 
  • ·      SUBCOMMITTEE HEARINGS: both the Assembly and State Senate will commence their weekly schedule of budget subcommittee hearings in the first full week of March, with a spring recess beginning after adjournment of the floor sessions and hearings on March 21st and reconvening April 1st, Monday.  Budget subcommittee hearings will resume that week through the last weeks of May.  Final actions on major issues by the budget subcommittees – if they take them at all – are not likely to happen until after the release of the Governor’s proposed budget revisions in early May. 
  • ·      FEDERAL IMPACT – how President Obama and the US Congress are able – or not able to – work out an agreement to avoid the massive automatic reductions scheduled to go into effect March 1st could have major impact on California’s budget situation, depending on whether automatic cuts go through or it other spending cuts are agreed to instead.   
  • ·      GOVERNOR’S MAY REVISE: Legislative budget subcommittees will be reviewing the Governor’s budget as he proposed it on January 10th (along with proposed budget legislative language that have and will be released in the coming months) but all eyes will also be focused in early May when the Governor is required to submit budget revisions – called the “May Revise” – that reflect more up to date revenue and spending figures.  That information is critical for policymakers to determine whether the State is on track – or exceeding its budgeted revenue projections, and if so, consideration of some proposals to restore previously enacted reductions. 

 

MONITORING AND ATTENDING BUDGET HEARINGS

  • ·      All legislative committee hearings and budget hearings are open to the public – and all hearings are held in hearing rooms at the State Capitol. 
  • ·      Most – but not all – of the budget hearings are streamed live on the internet from the CalChannel website at www.calchannel.com or audio from the Legislative information website, and on the Cable TV “CalChannel” (check your local cable listings). CDCAN will provide more details on how to access the hearings on the internet and on cable TV as hearing dates draw nearer. 
  • ·      Anyone can provide public comments (testimony) at any of the budget subcommittee hearings – though comment time is usually 2-3 minutes per person.  Longer written comments can be given to the budget subcommittee staff or the sergeant-at-arms in the hearing room or mailed or hand delivered to the subcommittee members after the hearing. 

 

BUDGET HEARINGS BY SUBJECT AREA

The following is CDCAN compiled list of scheduled budget subcommittee (or full committee) and related committee hearings by program or subject area:

 

ADULT DAY HEALTH CARE (see “Community-Based Adult Services” program)

 

ADULT EDUCATION (see “education”)

 

CALWORKS

  • ·      Mar 12th (Tue) – Joint Hearing of Assembly and Senate Human Services Committees (agenda: interpreting the new federal poverty measure)
  • ·      Mar 21st (Thu) – Senate Budget Subcommittee #3 on Health & Human Services (agenda: CalWORKS, CalFresh [food stamps] and State Hearings)

 

CHILD CARE AND CHILD WELFARE

  • ·      Apr 11th (Thu) – Senate Budget Subcommittee #3 on Health & Human Services (agenda: Dept of Child Support; Dept of Social Services – Child Welfare Services)
  • ·      May 02nd (Thu) – Senate Budget Subcommittee #1 on Education (agenda includes: Department of Education – child care and preschool

 

COMMUNITY-BASED ADULT SERVICES PROGRAM

  • ·      Feb 28th (Thu) – Joint Hearing of Assembly Budget Subcommittee #1 on Health & Human Services and Assembly Health Committee (Healthy Families and Community-Based Adult Services program transitions and hearing aid reimbursement policy)
  • ·      Apr 25th (Thu) – Senate Budget Subcommittee #3 on Health & Human Services (agenda includes: Department of Aging; Department of Social Services – IHSS and CMIPS II (Case Management, Information and Payrolling System) and SSI/SSP. [note: not certain if issues related to Community-Based Adult Services program will come up in the Department of Aging agenda item)

 

COORDINATED CARE INITIATIVE (CCI)

  • ·      Apr 04th (Thu) – Senate Budget Subcommittee #3 on Health and Human Services (agenda: includes Department of Managed Health Care that has major responsibilities for the  implementation of the autism health insurance mandate legislation; Managed Risk Medical Insurance Board and Department of Health Care’s Healthy Families transition to Medi-Cal; dual eligible demonstration project/Coordinated Care Initiative, and Medi-Cal expansion)

 

DEAF (PERSONS WHO ARE DEAF OR WITH HEARING IMPAIRMENTS)

  • ·      Feb 28th (Thu) – Joint Hearing of Assembly Budget Subcommittee #1 on Health & Human Services and Assembly Health Committee (Healthy Families and Community-Based Adult Services program transitions and hearing aid reimbursement policy)

 

DEVELOPMENTAL SERVICES (includes autism, regional centers, developmental centers and Early Start)

  • ·      Mar 7th (Thu) – Senate Budget Subcommittee #3 on Health and Human Services (agenda: Department of Developmental Services including regional centers and developmental centers; also State Council on Developmental Disabilities)
  • ·      Apr 04th (Thu) – Senate Budget Subcommittee #3 on Health and Human Services (agenda: includes Department of Managed Health Care that has major responsibilities for the  implementation of the autism health insurance mandate legislation; Managed Risk Medical Insurance Board and Department of Health Care’s Healthy Families transition to Medi-Cal; dual eligible demonstration project/Coordinated Care Initiative, and Medi-Cal expansion)

 

DUAL ELIGIBLES DEMONSTRATION PROJECT

Note: dual eligible refers to adults with disabilities and seniors who are eligible for both Medicare and Medi-Cal and live in the 8 counties selected by the State for a demonstration project to shift those persons from “fee-for-service” providers to Medi-Cal managed care type plans.  The project is scheduled to begin September 2013 (with the exception of San Mateo County, on a phased-in implementation covering several months), pending final approval from the federal government. 

  • ·      Apr 04th (Thu) – Senate Budget Subcommittee #3 on Health & Human Services (agenda: includes Department of Managed Health Care that has major responsibilities for the  implementation of the autism health insurance mandate legislation; Managed Risk Medical Insurance Board and Department of Health Care’s Healthy Families transition to Medi-Cal; dual eligible demonstration project/Coordinated Care Initiative, and Medi-Cal expansion)
  • ·      May 02nd (Thu) – Senate Budget Subcommittee #3 on Health & Human Services (agenda includes Department of Health Care Services – Medi-Cal managed care efficiencies; Medi-Cal streamlining and expansion; annual enrollment; gross premium tax extension; family health programs)

 

EDUCATION (includes K-12 special education, adult education, community colleges, disabled student services)

  • ·      Feb 14th  (Thu) – Senate Budget & Fiscal Review Committee (higher education budget overview)
  • ·      Feb 20th (Wed) – Assembly Budget Subcommittee #2 on Education (agenda: higher education)
  • ·      Feb 28th (Thu) – Senate Budget & Fiscal Review Committee (agenda: K-12 education budget overview)
  • ·      Mar 7th (Thu) – Senate Budget Subcommittee #1 on Education (agenda: K-12 Education and Prop 98 overview – including community colleges)
  • ·      Mar 14th (Thu) – Senate Budget Subcommittee #1 on Education (agenda: higher education though not community colleges)
  • ·      Mar 21st (Thu) – Senate Budget Subcommittee #1 on Education (agenda: K-12 education)
  • ·      Apr 04th (Thu) – Joint Hearing of Senate Budget Subcommittee #1 on Education and Senate Budget Subcommittee #2 on Resources, Environmental Protection, Energy and Transportation (agenda: K-12 Education budget proposals and impact of Proposition 39 on Dept of Education and community colleges)
  • ·      Apr 11th (Thu) – Senate Budget Subcommittee #1 on Education (agenda: adult education including Department of Education and community colleges)
  • ·      Apr 18th (Thu) – Senate Budget Subcommittee #1 on Education (agenda: K-12 education – Department of Education)
  • ·      Apr 25th (Thu) – Senate Budget Subcommittee #1 on Education (agenda includes California Student Aid Commission)

 

FOSTER CARE (see “Child Welfare Services”)

 

HEALTH CARE (see “Medi-Cal”)

 

HEALTHY FAMILIES

  • ·      Feb 28th (Thu) – Joint Hearing of Assembly Budget Subcommittee #1 on Health & Human Services and Assembly Health Committee (Healthy Families and Community-Based Adult Services program transitions and hearing aid reimbursement policy)

 

HIGHER EDUCATION (see “education”)

 

IN-HOME SUPPORTIVE SERVICES (IHSS)

  • ·      Mar 21st (Thu) – Senate Budget Subcommittee #3 on Health & Human Services (agenda: CalWORKS, CalFresh [food stamps] and State Hearings [impacts IHSS fair hearings])
  • ·      Apr 25th (Thu) – Senate Budget Subcommittee #3 on Health & Human Services (agenda includes: Department of Aging; Department of Social Services – IHSS and CMIPS II (Case Management, Information and Payrolling System) and SSI/SSP.

 

LEGAL ACCESS

  • ·      Mar 21st (Thu) – Senate Budget Subcommittee #5 on Corrections, Public Safety, and the Judiciary (agenda includes: trial court funding)

 

MEDI-CAL (AND HEALTH CARE REFORM)

  • ·      Feb 20th (Wed) – Senate Health Committee (agenda: health insurance market reform)
  • ·      Feb 21st (Thu) – Senate Budget & Fiscal Review Committee (agenda: health care budget overview)
  • ·      Feb 27th  (Wed) – Senate Health Committee (agenda includes: Medi-Cal expansion under health care reform)
  • ·      Mar 13th (Wed) – Joint Hearing of Senate Health Committee and Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee (agenda includes: increasing access to care under federal health care reform act utilizing the health care continuum to increase patient access)
  • ·      Apr 04th (Thu) – Senate Budget Subcommittee #3 on Health and Human Services (agenda includes: Department of Managed Health Care that has major responsibilities for the  implementation of the autism health insurance mandate legislation; Managed Risk Medical Insurance Board and Department of Health Care’s Healthy Families transition to Medi-Cal; dual eligible demonstration project/Coordinated Care Initiative, and Medi-Cal expansion)
  • ·      May 02nd (Thu) – Senate Budget Subcommittee #3 on Health & Human Services (agenda includes: Department of Health Care Services – Medi-Cal managed care efficiencies; Medi-Cal streamlining and expansion; annual enrollment; gross premium tax extension; family health programs)

 

MENTAL HEALTH

  • ·      Apr 18th (Thu) – Senate Budget Subcommittee #3 on Health & Human Services (agenda includes: Department of Health Care Services – Mental health and substance use disorder services, and Department of State Hospitals)

 

PUBLIC HEALTH

  • ·      Mar 14th (Thu) – Senate Budget Subcommittee #3 on Health & Human Services (agenda includes: Emergency Medical Services Authority, Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development and the Department of Public Health)

 

REHABILITATION

  • ·      Mar 7th (Thu) – Senate Budget Subcommittee #3 on Health & Human Services (agenda includes: State Independent Living Council, and Department of Rehabilitation)

 

SSI/SSP (SUPPLEMENTAL SECURITY INCOME/STATE SUPPLEMENTAL PAYMENT)

  • ·      Apr 25th (Thu) – Senate Budget Subcommittee #3 on Health & Human Services (agenda includes: Department of Aging; Department of Social Services – IHSS and CMIPS II (Case Management, Information and Payrolling System) and SSI/SSP.

 

STATE EMPLOYEES

  • ·      Mar 7th (Thu) – Senate Budget Subcommittee #5 on Corrections, Public Safety and the Judiciary (various items including health and dental benefits for annuitants)

 

TRANSPORTATION

 

UTILITIES

  • ·      Apr 25th (Thu) – Senate Budget Subcommittee #2 on Resources, Environmental Protection, Energy and Transportation (agenda includes: California Public Utilities Commission)

 

VETERANS

Apr 11th (Thu) – Senate Budget Subcommittee #4 on State Administration and General Government (agenda includes: Office of Emergency Services and Department of Veterans Affairs)

 

BUDGET SUBCOMMITTEE HEARINGS IN DATE ORDER

This CDCAN list is current as of February 12th, Tuesday evening: 

  • ·      In the hearings listed below includes a comment “Likely importance”. 
  • ·      This means whether this hearing will likely have specific and direct impact (and importance) to people with disabilities, mental health needs, seniors, individuals and families with low incomes (including those who provide supports and services). 
  • ·      It is meant to be of help to people outside the State Capitol who are trying to determine who to maximize sometimes very limited resources (limited also by money, health, transportation, job duties, time and other barriers). 
  • ·      It is not a judgment on the content itself of the hearing (though sometimes it MIGHT appear to be an accurate judgment)

 

FEBRUARY 14, 2013 – THURSDAY

SENATE BUDGET AND FISCAL REVIEW COMMITTEE

TIME: 09:30 (please note time change)

WHERE:  State Capitol – Room 4203

SUBJECT: 2013–2014 Higher Education Budget – Overview of Governor’s Multi-year Plan for University of California, California State University and California Community Colleges.

LIKELY IMPORTANCE: HIGH

CDCAN COMMENT: One major issue is how adult education program – which serves many adults with developmental and other disabilities and seniors – will work under the California Community College system – and also the impact of funding to services for students with disabilities including Disabled Student Services in community colleges. 

 

FEBRUARY 20, 2013 – WEDNESDAY

SENATE HEALTH COMMITTEE

TIME:  1:30 PM

WHERE: State Capitol – Room 4203

SUBJECT: Informational Hearing – Individual Health Insurance Market Reform

NOTE: Upon adjournment of the informational hearing, the committee will convene for the First Extraordinary Session (special session on health care reform called by the Governor) to adopt rules and to hear:

  • ·      SBx1 2 (Hernandez) – Health Care Coverage [“x1”means first extraordinary or special session]

LATEST VERSION OF SBx1 2 (PDF – 100 Pages as introduced): http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bill/sen/sb_0001-0050/sbx1_2_bill_20130128_introduced.pdf

LATEST VERSION OF SBx1 2 (HTML as introduced): http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bill/sen/sb_0001-0050/sbx1_2_bill_20130128_introduced.htm

LIKELY IMPORTANCE: VERY HIGH

CDCAN NOTE: While this is not a budget hearing – the issue of health care reform is one of the major issues (the other being education) of the Governor’s proposed 2013-2014 State Budget. 

 

FEBRUARY 20, 2013 – WEDNESDAY

ASSEMBLY BUDGET SUBCOMMITTEE #2 ON EDUCATION FINANCE

TIME:  4:00 PM

WHERE:  State Capitol – Room 126

SUBJECT: Overview of the Governor’s 2013 – 2014 Budget Proposal for Higher Education

Items to Be Heard:

  • ·      University of California (Budget Item 6440)
  • ·      California State University (Budget Item 6610)
  • ·      Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges (Budget Item 6870)

LIKELY IMPORTANCE: Uncertain (likely “high” if agenda includes adult education)

 

FEBRUARY 21, 2013 – THURSDAY

SENATE BUDGET AND FISCAL REVIEW COMMITTEE

TIME: 09:30 or upon adjournment of the Senate floor session

WHERE:  State Capitol – Room 4203

SUBJECT:  Informational Hearing – Overview of the 2013-2014 Health Care Budget

LIKELY IMPORTANCE: HIGH (could be “very high” depending on the actual agenda)

 

FEBRUARY 27, 2013 – WEDNESDAY

SENATE HEALTH COMMITTEE

WHERE:  State Capitol – Room 4203

SUBJECT:  Informational Hearing – Implementing the Affordable Care Act’s [federal health care reform act official title] Expansion of Medicaid [Medi-Cal]  in California.

NOTE: Upon adjournment of the informational hearing, the committee will convene for the First Extraordinary Session (special session on health care reform called by the Governor) to hear:

  • ·      SBx1 1 (Hernandez) – Medi-Cal: Eligibility [“x1”means first extraordinary or special session]

LATEST VERSION OF SBx1 1 (PDF – 47 Pages as introduced): http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bill/sen/sb_0001-0050/sbx1_1_bill_20130128_introduced.pdf

LATEST VERSION OF SBx1 1 (HTML): http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bill/sen/sb_0001-0050/sbx1_1_bill_20130128_introduced.htm

LIKELY IMPORTANCE: VERY HIGH

CDCAN NOTE: While this is not a budget hearing – the issue of health care reform is one of the major issues (the other being education) of the Governor’s proposed 2013-2014 State Budget. 

 

FEBRUARY 28, 2013 – THURSDAY

SENATE BUDGET AND FISCAL REVIEW COMMITTEE

TIME: 09:30 or upon adjournment of the Senate floor session

WHERE:  State Capitol – Room 4203

SUBJECT:  Informational Hearing – Overview of the 2013-2014 K-12 Education Budget

LIKELY IMPORTANCE: HIGH

CDCAN COMMENT: K-12 education budget includes special education – and also includes transition of adult education programs under K-12 education school districts to community colleges. 

 

FEBRUARY 28, 2013 – THURSDAY

JOINT HEARING OF ASSEMBLY BUDGET SUBCOMMITTEE #1 ON HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES AND ASSEMBLY HEALTH COMMITTEE

TIME: Upon adjournment of the Assembly floor session

WHERE:  State Capitol – Room 4202

SUBJECT:  Informational Hearing on the following

  • ·      Healthy Families Transition to Medi-Cal program
  • ·      Community Based Adult Services Transition (replaced now eliminated Adult Day Health Care Medi-Cal benefit last year)
  • ·      New Medi–Cal Hearing Aids Reimbursement Policy

LIKELY IMPORTANCE:  VERY HIGH

CDCAN COMMENT: There has been a lot of attention and some controversy regarding the transition of children from families with low incomes from Healthy Families to Medi-Cal.  Even greater controversy has surrounded the elimination of the Adult Day Health Care Medi-Cal benefit and the transition to the new replacement benefit called the “Community-Based Adult Services” program.   

 

MARCH 7, 2013 – THURSDAY

SENATE BUDGET SUBCOMMITTEE #1 ON EDUCATION

TIME:  9:30 AM or upon adjournment of session

WHERE:  State Capitol – Room 3191

SUBJECT: Governor’s 2012-2013 & 2013-2014 Budget Proposals, and Proposition

98 [State Constitutional funding guarantees for education]  and K–12 Education Overview

Items to Be Heard:

  • ·      California Department of Education (Budget Item 6110)
  • ·      California Community Colleges (Budget Item 6870)

LIKELY IMPORTANCE: HIGH

CDCAN COMMENT: Depending on the agenda items, K-12 special education, and the Governor’s proposal regarding shifting the entire adult education program to community colleges could be of major interest and importance.  As previously mentioned, many people with developmental disabilities, other disabilities and seniors – and also persons learning English attend and participate in adult education programs that currently are administered by K-12 education school districts and community colleges.

 

MARCH 7, 2013 – THURSDAY

SENATE BUDGET SUBCOMMITTEE #3 ON HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

TIME: 9:30 AM or upon adjournment of the State Senate floor session

WHERE:  State Capitol – Room 4203

ITEMS TO BE HEARD:

  • ·      State Council on Developmental Disabilities (Budget Item 4100)
  • ·      Department of Developmental Services (Budget Item 4300)
  • ·      Department of Rehabilitation (Budget Item 5160)
  • ·      State Independent Living Council (Budget Item 5170)

LIKELY IMPORTANCE:  VERY HIGH

CDCAN COMMENT:

  • ·      Newly elected Senator Bill Monning (Democrat – Santa Cruz) is the new chair of this subcommittee, succeeding Senator Mark DeSaulnier. 
  • ·      While the Governor’s proposed budget – unlike the previous 10 years – does not propose any new reductions to regional centers or developmental centers (other than those related to caseload changes) and is proposing that the existing 1.25 payment reduction to most providers and regional center operations will end as scheduled on June 30, 2013, some advocates and advocacy groups have been pushing for restoration of several major cuts enacted in previous years including a significant change in eligibility for the state’s early intervention program for infants and toddlers.  This hearing would be the first opportunity for brief public comment to raise those and other related concerns. 

 

MARCH 7, 2013 – THURSDAY

SENATE BUDGET SUBCOMMITTEE #5 ON CORRECTIONS, PUBLIC SAFETY, AND THE JUDICIARY

TIME:  09:30 AM or upon adjournment of the State Senate floor session

WHERE:  State Capitol – Room 113

ITEMS TO BE HEARD:

  • ·      Secretary for Labor and Workforce Development (Budget Item 0559); CSU Health Benefits for Retired Annuitants (Budget Item 6645); Employment Development Department (Budget Item 7100); Public Employment Relations Board (Budget Item 7320); Department of Industrial Relations (Budget Item 7350); Department of Human Resources (Budget Item 7501); State Personnel Board (Budget Item 7503); Public Employees’ Retirement System (Budget Item 7900); State Teachers’ Retirement System (Budget Item 7920)
  • ·      Health and Dental Benefits for Annuitants (Budget Item 9650)

LIKELY IMPORTANCE: Uncertain

CDCAN COMMENT: Of particular interest is the budget item dealing with health and dental benefits for annuitants, some who are former state employees with disabilities or who are blind or sight impaired. 

 

MARCH 12, 2013 – TUESDAY

JOINT HEARING OF ASSEMBLY AND SENATE HUMAN SERVICES COMMITTEES

TIME:  1:30 PM

WHERE:  State Capitol – Room 3191

SUBJECT: Informational Hearing – The Real Face of California’s Poor: Interpreting the New

Federal Poverty Measure

LIKELY IMPORTANCE: HIGH

CDCAN COMMENT:  Though not a budget subcommittee hearing, this issue has impact on millions of Californians – including people with disabilities, mental health needs, seniors, individuals and families who provide supports and services. 

 

MARCH 13, 2013 – WEDNESDAY

JOINT HEARING OF SENATE HEALTH COMMITTEE AND SENATE BUSINESS, PROFESSIONS AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE

TIME:  1:30 PM

WHERE:  State Capitol – Room 4203

SUBJECT: Informational Hearing – Increasing Access to Care Under the Affordable

Care Act [official title of the federal health care reform act]: Utilizing the Health Care Continuum

to Increase Patient Access.

LIKELY IMPORTANCE: VERY HIGH

CDCAN COMMENT: Though not a budget subcommittee hearing, the issue of health care reform implementation is tied to the Governor’s proposed 2013-2014 State Budget – and its implementation will have major impact on people with disabilities, mental health needs, the blind, seniors and low income families and individuals.  This is one of several informational hearings on the issue scheduled by various Assembly and Senate committees. 

 

MARCH 14, 2013 – THURSDAY

SENATE BUDGET SUBCOMMITTEE #1 ON EDUCATION

TIME:  09:30 AM or upon adjournment of State Senate floor session

WHERE:  State Capitol – Room 3191

SUBJECAT:  Governor’s 2013-2014 Budget Proposals – Higher Education

BUDGET ITEMS TO BE HEARD:

  • ·      University of California (Budget Item 6440)
  • ·      Hastings College of the Law  (Budget Item 6600)
  • ·      California State University (Budget Item 6610)

LIKELY IMPORTANCE:  Uncertain

 

MARCH 14, 2013 – THURSDAY

SENATE BUDGET SUBCOMMITTEE #3 ON HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

TIME:  09:30 AM or upon adjournment of State Senate floor session

WHERE:  State Capitol – Room 4203

BUDGET ITEMS TO BE HEARD:

  • ·      Secretary for California Health and Human Services (Budget Item 0530) – Office of Systems Integration: CalHEERS
  • ·      Emergency Medical Services Authority (Budget Item 4120)
  • ·      Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (Budget Item 4140)
  • ·      Department of Public Health (Budget Item 4265)

LIKELY IMPORTANCE:  Uncertain

 

MARCH 21, 2013 – THURSDAY

SENATE BUDGET SUBCOMMITTEE #1 ON EDUCATION

TIME:  09:30 AM or upon adjournment of the State Senate floor session

WHERE:  State Capitol – Room 3191

SUBJECT:  Governor’s 2013-2014 Budget Proposals – K-12 Education

BUDGET ITEMS TO BE HEARD:

  • ·       California Department of Education (Budget Item 6110)

LIKELY IMPORTANCE: Uncertain  (at this point until agenda is available)

 

MARCH 21, 2013 – THURSDAY

SENATE BUDGET SUBCOMMITTEE #3 ON HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

TIME:  09:30 AM or upon adjournment of State Senate floor session

WHERE:  State Capitol – Room 4203

BUDGET ITEMS TO BE HEARD:

  • ·      Department of Social Services (Budget Item 5180)

–          CalWORKs [State’s “welfare to work” program that includes thousands of adults and children with special needs, mental health needs and disabilities

–          CalFresh [State’s federally funded food stamp program]

–          State Hearings [includes hearings for IHSS]

LIKELY IMPORTANCE: VERY HIGH

 

MARCH 21, 2013 – THURSDAY

SENATE BUDGET SUBCOMMITTEE #5 ON CORRECTIONS, PUBLIC SAFETY, AND THE JUDICIARY

TIME:  09:30 AM or upon adjournment of State Senate floor session

WHERE:  State Capitol – Room 113

BUDGET ITEMS TO BE HEARD:

  • ·      Judicial Branch (Budget Item 0250)

–          Budget Change Proposals (BCPs)

–          Trial Court Funding

–          Court Construction

LIKELY IMPORTANCE: HIGH

CDCAN COMMENT: Recent budget reductions over the past several years to the court system has had major impact for people – including people with disabilities, mental health needs, seniors, people and families with low incomes – to access the courts or face barriers in rising fees and delays.

 

APRIL 4, 2013 – THURSDAY

JOINT HEARING OF SENATE BUDGET SUBCOMMITTEE #1 ON EDUCATION AND SENATE BUDGET SUBCOMMITTEE #2 ON RESOURCES, ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION, ENERGY AND TRANSPORTATION

TIME:  09:30 AM or upon adjournment of State Senate floor session

WHERE:  State Capitol – Room 4203

SUBJECT: Governor’s 2013-2014 Budget Proposals: K–14 Education – Proposition 39 [impact] on California Department of Education (Budget Item 6110) and California Community Colleges (Budget Item 6870)

LIKELY IMPORTANCE: HIGH

CDCAN COMMENT:  Proposition 39, passed overwhelmingly by voters last November, requires multistate businesses to pay income taxes based on percentage of their sales in California. It dedicates half of the estimated $1 billion of new revenues for five years to clean/efficient energy projects. Of the remaining revenues, a significant portion would likely be spent on K-12 education and community colleges under Proposition 98, the 1988 state constitutional amendment that guarantees a certain level of state funding for schools under a complicated formula.

 

APRIL 4, 2013 – THURSDAY

SENATE BUDGET SUBCOMMITTEE #3 ON HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

TIME:  09:30 AM or upon adjournment of State Senate floor session

WHERE:  State Capitol – Room 4203

BUDGET ITEMS TO BE HEARD:

  • ·      Department of Managed Health Care (Budget Item 2400)
  • ·      Managed Risk Medical Insurance Board (Budget Item 4280)
  • ·      Department of Health Care Services (Budget Item 4260)

–          Healthy Families Program transition [to Medi-Cal]

–          Duals [Medicare/Medi-Cal eligible] Demonstration Project/Coordinated Care Initiative

–          Medi–Cal program streamlining and expansion

–          Other items

LIKELY IMPORTANCE: VERY HIGH

CDCAN COMMENT:

  • ·      The issues under the Department of Health Care Services touches on some controversial proposals, including the pending “Duals Demonstration Project” that will impact hundreds of thousands of adults with disabilities and seniors who are eligible for both Medicare and Medi-Cal in 8 California counties, shifting those persons from a “fee-for-service” system to a Medi-Cal managed care type plan, beginning in September 2013. 
  • ·      The Coordinated Care Initiative is a second piece that will be implemented at the same time in those counties and eventually across the State to integrate many long term services and supports, including IHSS, under Medi-Cal managed care plans.
  • ·      For more information go to the Department of Health Care Services website page at: http://www.dhcs.ca.gov/Pages/DualsDemonstration.aspx

 

APRIL 11, 2013 – THURSDAY

SENATE BUDGET SUBCOMMITTEE #1 ON EDUCATION

TIME:  09:30 AM or upon adjournment of State Senate floor session

WHERE:  State Capitol – Room 3191

SUBJECT: Governor’s 2013-2014 Budget Proposals: K–14 and Higher Education – Adult Education

BUDGET ITEMS TO BE HEARD:

  • ·      California Department of Education (Budget Item 6110)
  • ·      California Community Colleges (Budget Item 6870)

LIKELY IMPORTANCE: VERY HIGH

CDCAN COMMENT: As previously mentioned, many adults with developmental and other disabilities and seniors attend and participate in adult education programs.  The Governor is proposing to shift the adult education program entirely under the community college system – and one of many impacts is to the people with disabilities and seniors who use and need the adult education programs they are participating in currently. 

 

APRIL 11, 2013 – THURSDAY

SENATE BUDGET SUBCOMMITTEE #3 ON HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

TIME:  09:30 AM or upon adjournment of State Senate floor session

WHERE:  State Capitol – Room 4203

BUDGET ITEMS TO BE HEARD:

  • ·      Office of Systems Integration (Budget Item 0530)

–          Child Welfare Services (CWS) New System

–          Statewide Automated Welfare System (SAWS)

  • ·      Department of Child Support Services (Budget Item 5175)
  • ·      Department of Social Services (Budget Item 5180)

–          Child Welfare Services

–          Child Welfare Services (CWS) New System

–          Statewide Automated Welfare System (SAWS)

LIKELY IMPORTANCE: HIGH

 

APRIL 11, 2013 – THURSDAY

SENATE BUDGET SUBCOMMITTEE #4 ON STATE ADMINISTRATION AND GENERAL GOVERNMENT

TIME:  09:30 AM or upon adjournment of State Senate floor session

WHERE:  State Capitol – Room 112

BUDGET ITEMS TO BE HEARD:

  • ·      Office of Emergency Services (Budget Item 0690)
  • ·      Alfred E. Alquist Seismic Safety Commission (Budget Item 1690)
  • ·      Military Department (Budget Item 8940)
  • ·      Department of Veterans Affairs (Budget Item 8955)

LIKELY IMPORTANCE: Uncertain

CDCAN COMMENT:

  • ·      Many veterans have disabilities and/or mental health needs, have sight impairments or are blind. Many are seniors and many are people with low incomes.  Often veterans are seen – and treated – as a separate entity or population, but many of their concerns, issues, problems and barriers are the same as those for other people with disabilities, mental health needs and seniors who are not veterans. 
  • ·      Office of Emergency Services is of critical importance especially to people with disabilities, mental health needs, seniors. 

 

APRIL 18, 2013 – THURSDAY

SENATE BUDGET SUBCOMMITTEE #1 ON EDUCATION

TIME:  09:30 AM or upon adjournment of State Senate floor session

WHERE:  State Capitol – Room 3191

SUBJECT: Governor’s 2013-2014 Budget Proposals: K–12 Education

  • ·      California Department of Education (Budget Item 6110)

LIKELY IMPORTANCE: Uncertain (until agenda is released0

 

APRIL 18, 2013 – THURSDAY

SENATE BUDGET SUBCOMMITTEE #3 ON HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

TIME:  09:30 AM or upon adjournment of State Senate floor session

WHERE:  State Capitol – Room 4203

BUDGET ITEMS TO BE HEARD:

  • ·      Department of Health Care Services (Budget Item 4260)

–          Mental health and substance use disorder services

  • ·      Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs (Budget Item 4200)
  • ·      Department of State Hospitals (Budget Item 4440) [these are the state facilities formerly under the now eliminated Department of Mental Health, which the Department of State Hospitals replaced last year]

LIKELY IMPORTANCE: HIGH (depends on the actual agenda for this hearing]

CDCAN COMMENT:

  • ·      Funding and adequacy of community-based mental health services has drawn increasing attention over the past several years, more so now especially in the wake of several tragedies.
  • ·      These services, formerly overseen by the former Department of Mental Health (now the Department of State Hospitals) are largely administered through the counties or under the Department of Health Care Services.
  • ·      Many of the services are critical to people with disabilities, mental health needs and seniors who receive other supports and services (such as IHSS or supported living services).     

 

APRIL 25, 2013 – THURSDAY

SENATE BUDGET SUBCOMMITTEE #1 ON EDUCATION

TIME:  09:30 AM or upon adjournment of State Senate floor session

WHERE:  State Capitol – Room 3191

SUBJECT: Governor’s 2013-2014 Budget Proposals

  • ·      California Student Aid Commission (Budget Item 7980)
  • ·      California State Library (Budget Item 6120)

LIKELY IMPORTANCE: Uncertain

 

APRIL 25, 2013 – THURSDAY

SENATE BUDGET SUBCOMMITTEE #2 ON RESOURCES, ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION, ENERGY AND TRANSPORTATION

TIME:  09:30 AM or upon adjournment of State Senate floor session

WHERE:  State Capitol – Room 2040

BUDGET ITEMS TO BE HEARD:

  • ·      Secretary for Environmental Protection (Budget Item 0555), Energy Resources Conservation and Development (Budget Item 3360), Air Resources Board (Budget Item 3900)
  • ·      California Public Utilities Commission (Budget Item 8660)

LIKELY IMPORTANCE: HIGH

CDCAN COMMENT: public utilities issues – including gas, electric and telecommunications under the Public Utilities Commissions – have major impact to people with disabilities, mental health needs, the blind, the deaf, seniors, individuals and families with low incomes. Most main stream disability and senior advocates are usually not involved in utilities issues on a regular basis – though the critical importance of these issues warrant it. 

 

APRIL 25, 2013 – THURSDAY

SENATE BUDGET SUBCOMMITTEE #3 ON HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

TIME:  09:30 AM or upon adjournment of State Senate floor session

WHERE:  State Capitol – Room 4203

BUDGET ITEMS TO BE HEARD:

  • ·      Office of Systems Integration (Budget Item 0530):

–          CMIPS II (Case Management, Information and Payrolling System – the “II” the second generation of this system)

  • ·      Department of Aging (Budget Item 4170)
  • ·      Department of Social Services (Budget Item 5180):

–          In–Home Supportive Services (IHSS)

–          CMIPS II (Case Management, Information and Payrolling System)

–          SSI/SSP (federally funded Supplemental Security Income and the State Supplemental Payment grant program)

LIKELY IMPORTANCE:  VERY HIGH

CDCAN COMMENT:

  • ·      While no new reductions are proposed to IHSS – and an existing 3.6% across the board reduction in IHSS service hours will end as scheduled June 30th – the Governor’s budget assumes the State will prevail by November this year in a lawsuit that is currently blocking a 20% cut in most (but not all) IHSS recipient hours. 
  • ·      In addition Governor’s budget assumes it will eventually prevail in other lawsuits that are currently blocking other major cuts to IHSS. 
  • ·      The implementation and roll out of the new IHSS payroll system known as “CMIPS II” (Case Management, Information and Payrolling System) has drawn controversy and major concern from the counties, advocates, IHSS recipients and workers. 

 

MAY 2, 2013 – THURSDAY

SENATE BUDGET SUBCOMMITTEE #1 ON EDUCATION

TIME:  09:30 AM or upon adjournment of State Senate floor session

WHERE:  State Capitol – Room 3191

SUBJECT: Governor’s 2013-2014 Budget Proposals: K–12 Education

  • ·      California Department of Education (Budget Item 6110):

–          Child Care

–          Preschool

  • ·      Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) (Budget Item 6360)

LIKELY IMPORTANCE: Uncertain (will depend on actual agenda for this hearing)

 

MAY 2, 2013 – THURSDAY

SENATE BUDGET SUBCOMMITTEE #3 ON HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

TIME:  09:30 AM or upon adjournment of State Senate floor session

WHERE:   State Capitol – Room 4203

BUDGET ITEMS TO BE HEARD:

  • ·      Department of Health Care Services (Budget Item 4260):

–          Medi–Cal streamlining and expansion

–          Annual enrollment

–          Medi-Cal Managed care efficiencies

–          Gross premium tax extension

–          Family Health Programs

–          Other items

LIKELY IMPORTANCE: VERY HIGH

CDCAN COMMENT: The agenda items under the Department of Health Care Services will cover many of the critical elements of the implementation of the federal health care reform act including expansion of Medi-Cal – and also focus on Medi-Cal managed care plans efficiencies, annual enrollment – all issues that could raise concerns by some advocates.

 

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