California Healthline: Brown’s Revised Budget Comes Amid High Health Care Spending

Editor’s Note: The Office of the Governor has released his revised budget proposal. This story has been updated.

On Tuesday, Gov. Jerry Brown (D) released his revised fiscal year 2014-2015 budget proposal as the state faces financial challenges, such as higher-than-expected health care spending, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Brown also is facing “pent-up demand” for funding for social services, such as home care for the elderly and individuals with disabilities, according to the Times (Megerian, Los Angeles Times, 5/12).

Background

In January, Brown released the first draft of his $154.9 billion FY 2014-2015 budget proposal.

The proposal would allocate $670 million to expand Medi-Cal and would prevent health care providers in the state from having to repay a 10% retroactive cut in the program’s reimbursements. Medi-Cal is California’s Medicaid program.

Overall, the proposal would seek a 5% increase in spending from FY 2013-2014 (California Healthline, 1/9).

Details of Revised Budget

 

Continue reading here: http://www.californiahealthline.org/articles/2014/5/13/browns-revised-budget-comes–amid-high-health-care-costs

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