California Healthline: Bill Sidesteps Governor, Accepts Grant

by David Gorn

If you can’t beat ’em, legislate ’em.

Bucking one provision from the governor in the recently adopted budget, a new bill co-authored by Sen. Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina) and Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) will be presented in the Assembly Committee on Health today. SB 18 would accept a $6 million grant from the California Endowment with the intention of drawing down an additional $6 million in federal funding.

The grant originally was to be included in the budget but in negotiations over the May budget revision, Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown’s (D) administration wanted it excluded.

“There was absolutely no cost to the state whatsoever,” Hernandez said. “And the governor rejected it. So this is an issue we felt we needed to put back.”

The total of $12 million would be used to help Medi-Cal enrollees navigate the sometimes-confusing enrollment and renewal process.

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