California Healthline: Governor Agrees To Take $6M California Endowment Grant, Signs Many Health Bills

by David Gorn

Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed a flurry of health-related bills at the end of last week including a bill to reverse the state’s position on accepting a grant to help with Medi-Cal enrollment renewals.

More than eight million Californians are up for renewal in the Medi-Cal program (California’s version of Medicaid). New eligibility rules and new forms have slowed the response rate so far. The California Endowment offered the Department of Health Care Services a $6 million grant to help with the renewal effort that would be doubled by matching federal funding. The state turned down the $12 million money during May budget negotiations.

State Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) launched a bill — SB 18 — after the budget process ended requiring the state to accept the grant.

“Without this legislation, California would be leaving $12 million on the table that could be used to help families navigate the complex and challenging process of renewing their Medi-Cal coverage,” Leno said in a written statement.

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