California Healthline: LAO Report: State Could Lose $1 Billion

by David Gorn California stands to lose about $1 billion in federal health care funding through potential elimination of the current managed care organization tax if the governor’s proposed revision of the tax is not approved by federal officials, according to a report issued last week by the state Legislative Analyst’s Office. The Feb. 12 LAO … Continue reading

LAO: The Universal Assessment Tool: Improving Care for Recipients of Home- and Community-Based Services

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From our colleagues at LAO: In 2012, the Legislature authorized the development and pilot implementation of a universal assessment tool (UAT) to streamline eligibility and level-of-need determinations for three home- and community-based services (HCBS) programs that provide care to seniors and people with disabilities. Our analysis finds that the benefits of a UAT likely outweigh … 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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California Healthline: LAO Report: Benefits of Medi-Cal Expansion Would Outweigh Costs

The benefits of expanding Medi-Cal under the Affordable Care Act would outweigh the costs, according to a new report from the Legislative Analyst’s Office, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports. Medi-Cal is California’s Medicaid program (AP/Sacramento Bee, 2/19). Background The expansion would affect individuals with incomes up to 138% of the federal poverty level — or $15,415 annually (California Healthline, 1/29). … Continue reading

California Healthline: State-Based Expansion Makes More Sense, LAO Says

By David Gorn After conducting a review of the two choices California officials are considering for optional Medi-Cal expansion, the state Legislative Analyst’s Office yesterday strongly recommended the state-based option, rather than a county-based plan. On a busy Tuesday for health care policy in Sacramento, the Assembly Committee on Health yesterday convened the first hearing … Continue reading

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