Latest News On State Budgets

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Budget Passage Not the Final Word

The California Legislature’s balanced budget approved by yesterday’s deadline includes funding for a number of health care-related programs, but no one is predicting it’s a done deal. Lobbying and negotiating continue.

Health Changes Likely in State Budget

Some health care services may be restored in the new state budget being hammered out today in the California Legislature, but some may still face a gubernatorial veto.

Protest Rises Over Medi-Cal Rates

A Sacramento protest planned today is aimed at increasing pressure on the governor and legislators to raise Medi-Cal provider reimbursement rates and rescind previous rate reductions.

Budget Bargaining Begins in Earnest

California’s improving economic outlook could prompt a more aggressive legislative spending push when budget bargaining gets underway in earnest this week in Sacramento.

Coalitions Form To Get Slice of Budget

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.