California Healthline: Hospitals, Providers, Advocates Irked by What’s Left Out of Budget Revision

by David Gorn

Health care stakeholders were not too pleased with Gov. Jerry Brown’s May budget revision released yesterday.

Increased spending on Medi-Cal was an expected byproduct of Medi-Cal expansion, said Michele Stillwell-Parvensky, senior policy and communications associate for the Children’s Defense Fund California. What was unexpected was that a number of axed programs and budget reductions remained the same, she said.

“Even though the state is financially better off right now, there were some programs that didn’t get restored,” Stillwell-Parvensky said. “Now that we’re doing much better, we have the resources to fund these things.”

“The revised state budget … presents a false choice between fiscal responsibility and reinvestment in public services,” said Chris Hoene, executive director of the California Budget Project.

“We see it as missing an opportunity,” said Suzie Shupe, executive director of California Coverage & Health Initiatives. “We wanted to focus on restoring some key programs that were dramatically cut in the past. It was disappointing to see that some of these proven programs were not restored.”

Programs cut in previous years that were not restored in Brown’s revised budget include:

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