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California’s improving economic outlook could prompt a more aggressive legislative spending push when budget bargaining gets underway in earnest this week in Sacramento.
In Gov. Brown’s May budget proposal, new federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program has been absorbed into the general fund as $381 million in savings.
A $10 million TV advertising campaign is part of new efforts to put pressure on the governor and lawmakers to make more room in the budget for health care programs — particularly children’s health.
The state Legislative Analyst’s Office warns California could lose $1 billion in federal funding if a revised managed care organization tax is not approved.
Poor budgeting methods, administrative inefficiencies and unclear staffing needs all combine for a low score for the California Department of State Hospitals, according to a new report from the Legislative Analyst’s Office.
Health care issues came up repeatedly when the Senate budget committee discussed the governor’s proposed spending plan last week.
California officials abandoned the plan to pay overtime to home health care workers because of a court ruling — but what happens to the money slated for it in the state budget plan?
The chair of the Assembly budget committee called Gov. Brown’s proposed budget a good starting point but “by no means the end of the conversation” in the Legislature’s first budget hearing of the year.
Dental and children’s health advocates are taking their arguments to the Legislature after the governor included no new money for dental programs in his proposed budget. Funding for such programs was excluded from the budget despite a state audit last month criticizing California’s dental program for kids.
Gov. Brown proposed no major cuts to health care in this year’s budget, but there’s not much in the way of program restoration either, setting the stage for bargaining in Sacramento.