The Week Ahead
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will revise his $103 billion general fund budget for fiscal year 2007-2008. The proposal does not include new funds for the governor's health care reform plan, but the proposal would eliminate a $55 million program that provides mental health services to homeless adults.
The Senate Appropriations Committee is scheduled to debate legislation (SB 32) by Sen. Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) that would expand eligibility for Medi-Cal and Healthy Families to children whose family incomes do not exceed 300% of the federal poverty level. The measure also would delete citizenship and immigration status requirements. The committee's agenda also includes a bill (SB 623) by Sen. Patricia Wiggins (D-Santa Rosa) to require the state to pay all prescription drug copayments for dual eligibles under the Medicare drug benefit.
The Assembly Health Committee will hold an informational hearing on shortages and diversity in the health care workforce.
The Sacramento County Board of Supervisors is scheduled to vote on a proposal to reduce medical and dental benefits for current and future retirees.This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.