California Healthline: Legislature Firms Up Budget Deal; Almost All Health Issues Go Wanting

by David Gorn

The California Legislature yesterday reached a budget deal and health care programs didn’t fare well. The budget proposal:

  • Does not include restoration of a 10% Medi-Cal provider rate reduction;
  • Does not make autism therapy a Medi-Cal benefit;
  • Does not restore public health programs such as the Early Mental Health Initiative and the Children’s Dental Disease Prevention Program; and
  • Rejects money from the California Endowment to help enroll and renew Medi-Cal beneficiaries. 

The budget language hammered out in conference committee yesterday did include funding for two health care programs:

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