California Budget and Policy Center: Twelve Key Health and Human Services Issues in the 2015-16 Budget Debate: Which Way Forward?

By Scott Graves With just two weeks remaining until the Legislature’s June 15 deadline for passing a budget bill, state policymakers are at odds over whether — and by how much — California should boost funding for an array of health and human services in 2015-16, the fiscal year that begins this coming July 1. … Continue reading

NY Times: Senate Approves Budget of G.O.P. Wishes in All-Night Session

In Washington, it's called the Affordable Care Act. In Sacramento, it could be become known as another budget buster. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times / July 9, 2012)

By JONATHAN WEISMAN WASHINGTON — Emerging from an all-night session that contained more exhaustion than drama, Senate Republicans squeaked through a budget blueprint Friday morning that would repeal the Affordable Care Act, fundamentally remake federal health care for the poor and elderly, and push the federal deficit toward zero over the next decade. The 52-46 … Continue reading

TSF: 2015-2016 Proposed Budget: Impact on California’s Older Adults and People with Disabilities

From our colleagues at The SCAN Foundation: On January 9, California Governor Jerry Brown released his proposed budget, outlining his spending plan for the coming fiscal year beginning on July 1. Download/read our latest fact sheet below that highlights key initiatives and program adjustments in California’s proposed 2015-16 budget impacting the state’s older adults and … Continue reading

California Healthline: Budget Proposal ‘A Good Starting Point’

by David Gorn “This budget proposal, it’s a great start,” said Shirley Weber (D-San Diego), chair of the Assembly Committee on Budget after Gov. Jerry Brown (D) released his spending plan last week. “By no means is it the end of the conversation, but it’s a good starting point.” The Assembly budget committee was the … Continue reading

CBP: Budget Proposal Prioritizes Austerity, Lacks Plan for Helping Ensure Broadly Shared Economic Recovery

On January 9, Governor Jerry Brown released his proposed 2015-16 state budget. The Governor proposes to spend $113.3 billion from the state’s General Fund in 2015-16, an increase of $1.6 billion (1.4 percent) over the estimated spending level for the current fiscal year (2014-15). Yet, even with increased revenues and a continuing economic recovery that … Continue reading

California Healthline: Budget Health Care Bartering Brewing

by David Gorn Let the bargaining begin. Last week’s budget proposal by Gov. Jerry Brown (D) didn’t restore cuts from previous years — with the exception of the already agreed-upon reversal of a 7% cut in In-Home Supportive Services hours — and that omission was not lost on consumer health advocates. Health care advocates pointed … Continue reading

CDCAN: GOVERNOR’S PROPOSED 2015-2016 STATE BUDGET INCLUDES RESTORATION OF 7% CUT TO IHSS RECIPIENT SERVICE HOURS EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2015

SACRAMENTO, CA [CDCAN LAST UPDATED 01/09/2015 – 10:12 AM] –  Governor Edmund G. “Jerry” Brown, Jr.’s proposed 2015-2016 State Budget released this morning includes a major proposal to restore the existing 7% across the board cut in service hours to all In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) recipients, effective July 1, 2015, impacting over 450,000 children and … Continue reading

Forbes: New Federal Budget Freezes Most Spending for Senior Services — Again

Allen Stross returns to his home after lunch at the North Berkeley Senior Center and some grocery shopping. Photo: Lea Suzuki, The Chronicle

By Howard Gleckman Congress has again frozen funding for most senior services programs, from Meals on Wheels and other nutrition programs to falls prevention and state health insurance assistance programs (SHIPs). This has been the trend throughout most of the Obama Administration. But it may be about to come to an end, as we near … Continue reading

NCOA: FY15 Funding Bill: What it Means for Aging Programs

3 of 9Adult Day Health Care dilemma Trinidad Contreras is a fixture at Gardner Family Health Network Adult Day Health Care facility in San Jose, Calif. on Wednesday, June 6, 2012. Due to budget cuts, the state declared Contreras no longer eligible for benefits, but Gardner Family Health Network Adult Day Health Care is continuing to let him participate in its programs without getting reimbursed while he appeals. He spends the hours between about 10 am and 2 pm playing dominos, walking the courtyard and tending the small garden boxes. (Dan Honda/Staff)

A $1 trillion, 1,603-page FY15 funding package was among the last pieces of business of the 113th Congress. The House passed the measure by a vote of 219 to 206. The Senate passed the measure on Dec. 13 by a vote of 56 to 40, and the President is expected to sign it into law. … Continue reading

LAO: The 2015-16 Budget: California’s Fiscal Outlook

The 20th annual edition of the LAO’s Fiscal Outlook—a look at possible state revenue and spending trends over the next five years—reflects anticipated progress in building budget reserves under the recently approved Proposition 2. Specifically, absent new budget commitments, we estimate the state would end 2015-16 with $4.2 billion in total reserves, $2 billion of … Continue reading

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