SacBee: With revenue rising, Democrats push to restore safety net cuts

Randall Benton / Gov. Jerry Brown walks through the Capitol to a news conference Thursday where he unveiled his proposed state budget for the year that begins July 1. Read more here:

By Jim Sanders Published: Monday, May. 6, 2013 – 12:00 am | Page 1A Last Modified: Monday, May. 6, 2013 – 7:56 am Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic lawmakers are on a collision course over restoring cuts to California’s safety net, marking a key test of vows to hold the line on state spending. Brown is … Continue reading

SacBee: Experts see growing mental health needs among homeless elderly

By Cynthia H. Published: Tuesday, Apr. 30, 2013 – 12:00 am | Page 3B Last Modified: Tuesday, Apr. 30, 2013 – 7:52 am With the population growing older, mentalhealth experts warned Monday of a comingtsunami of behavioral health care needs among elderly homeless people. Elderly people with substance abuse problems and early stages of Alzheimer’s disease will require special intervention, said … Continue reading

SacBee: Labor-backed plan would fine large employers who send workers to Medi-Cal

By Jim Sanders Published: Friday, Apr. 12, 2013 – 12:00 am | Page 3A A new and controversial proposal in California’s health care overhaul calls for fining large employers if the wages they pay are not high enough to keep workers off Medi-Cal rolls. Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez will formally unveil the measure as Assembly Bill … Continue reading

SacBee: California’s per capita spending on health care relatively low

California may have high housing, fuel and electric power prices, but Californians’ spending on health care is below the national average, according to a new data compilation by the Wall Street Journal. California was spending $6,258 per resident on health care – doctors, hospitals, prescription drugs – in 2009, the latest year for which complete data were available, the Wall Street … Continue reading

SacBee: The Highs and Lows of California Healthcare Spending

March 26, 2013 Health care has become, by most measures, the largest single piece of the California economy, well over 10 percent of its $2 trillion output of goods and services — and destined to grow as the state extends medical insurance coverage to millions of Californians under the federal Affordable Care Act. Nevertheless, a new nationwide study finds that … Continue reading

SacBee: Jerry Brown presses Washington for ‘broad authority’ on health care

Randall Benton / Gov. Jerry Brown walks through the Capitol to a news conference Thursday where he unveiled his proposed state budget for the year that begins July 1. Read more here:

WASHINGTON – Gov. Jerry Brown said today that he remains concerned about California’s ability to control costs as the state moves to expand health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act, seeking assurances from the Obama administration that California will have “broad authority” to curb future spending. “We need to be able to control costs, period,” the Democratic governor … Continue reading

SacBee: CalPERS sets new long-term care rates, plans open enrollment

A key CalPERS committee today approved a plan to reopen its long-term care insurance to new policyholders, widen the eligibility pool and introduce a new, cheaper benefit program. Today’s news — “CalPERS enrollees receive notice of long-term care rate hikes” — underscored CalPERS’ decade-long effort to right a struggling program that pays for things like nursing care … Continue reading

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