Health Care Advocates See Missed Opportunity In Brown’s Proposed Budget
Anthony Wright, executive director of the nonprofit Health Access California, cites an expected $6.1 billion surplus he said could have been used to move California toward universal health care coverage. Instead, health spending only gets a modest bump in Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed budget.
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Governor Brown's Proposed Budget Has Only Modest Boost For Health Care
Despite a projected $6.1 billion surplus, Governor Jerry Brown's proposed budget calls for only a modest increase in heath care spending. The proposal contains $233 million for larger payments to doctors and dentists who treat Medi-Cal patients. It also uses revenue from California's recently-increased tobacco tax to boost pay for home-health providers. The budget says that most of the health programs that were cut during the recession have been restored. (Goldberg, 1/10)