California Healthline: Governor’s Vetoes: Medi-Cal Message?

by David Gorn

On Monday, Gov. Jerry Brown (D) vetoed 37 bills in one day — including about a dozen health-related ones. He also vetoed 36 bills the next day.  

Those Sept. 29-30 vetoes came during the final two days Brown could take action on last session’s bills. The string of vetoes left many people in the health care community wondering about Brown’s attitude toward funding elements of the Medi-Cal program — in part because of a pointed message in one of those rejected bills.

One of the vetoed bills, AB 2325 by Assembly member John Pérez (D-Los Angeles), had a veto message from Brown that seemed to extend beyond the bill itself.

“I’m weary at this time of adding significant new costs to the Medi-Cal program,” Brown wrote, “when already in the last two years Medi-Cal general fund spending has grown almost $2.5 billion.” 

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