California Healthline: In State Budget, Inaction Can Be Action

by David Gorn 

The California Budget Project’s appraisal of the governor’s 2014 proposed budget finds the plan lacking in addressing several health care issues.

In his projections for state revenue and spending in the coming year, Gov. Jerry Brown (D) said the outlook was financially brighter but many health care budget cuts made in previous years were not addressed. According to Chris Hoene, executive director of the California Budget Project, a not-for-profit nonpartisan budget analysis organization based in Sacramento, that just doesn’t make good fiscal sense.

“This budget has the same elements it had last year,” Hoene said. In particular, he was concerned that the rate cut for Medi-Cal providers remained in place.

“And that doesn’t make any sense because we should be incentivizing providers to take care of people in the expansion,” he said. “There’s a two-steps-forward, one-step-back aspect to this budget.”


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