California Healthline: Brown’s Revised Budget Includes Additional $1.2B for Medi-Cal

On Tuesday, Gov. Jerry Brown (D) released a revised fiscal year 2014-2015 budget proposal that includes an additional $1.2 billion in Medi-Cal funding to account for about 800,000 new beneficiaries who qualified for the program before the expansion under the Affordable Care Act, HealthyCal reports.

Medi-Cal is California’s Medicaid program (Weintraub, HealthyCal, 5/13).

Background

Brown on Tuesday released his revised budget proposal, which includes more than $2 billion in additional spending over his initial budget proposal in January.

In addition to the increased Medi-Cal funding, the revised budget plan also includes higher spending on:

Additional contributions to CalPERS;

  • Additional staffing for the state’s unemployment insurance program;
  • Early childhood education;
  • Emergency drought assistance; and
  • Increasing In-Home Supportive Services’ caseloads.

In a release, Brown said the revised budget “shows that California can afford to provide health care to many more people, while at the same time paying its debts and shoring up the long-troubled teachers’ retirement system.”

Higher-Than-Expected Medi-Cal Enrollment

Continue reading here: http://www.californiahealthline.org/articles/2014/5/14/browns-revised-budget-includes–additional-1b-for-medical

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