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Debate over health care-related issues produced a high level of angst among California legislators in the final hours of budget discussions Sunday night.
The Legislature and governor said no to a raft of health care funding proposals — including Medi-Cal provider rates and autism as a Medi-Cal benefit — in a budget agreement being released today and put to a vote on Sunday.
Several health care budget decisions will be made this week in Sacramento, including Medi-Cal provider rates, home health care worker overtime and mental health program funding. One legislator breaks down how those decisions might have long-term effects.
Budget decisions are about to be made in Sacramento. Home health care workers and the people who rely on them gathered in the capitol to make sure their funding requests are heard.
The fate of a number of state health care programs — including the possibility of autism therapy as a Medi-Cal benefit — will be decided in budget talks this week.
Legislative analysts and consumer advocates raised questions at a budget subcommittee hearing this week over the state’s estimates of the number of new Medi-Cal enrollees and how much they might cost the state.
Some numbers may be stronger in his May budget revision, but Gov. Brown is resisting calls to restore many of the cuts made in previous bad budget years.
The Black Infant Health Program is one of several programs health advocates hope will see restored funding in this month’s budget revision process.
Funding for the Older Californians Act has been cut from previous California budgets but this year it’s time to restore money to the wide-ranging program, according to one Assembly member.
Gov. Jerry Brown’s state budget proposal is most striking for what’s not in it, according to health care advocates who point to the absence of re-funding programs or provider rates that were slashed in more difficult financial times.