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California legislature secures Medi-Cal expansions in new budget agreement

| Jun 28, 2021 | California

In a win for California Democrats, the almost-finalized $262.6 billion “June 28th Package” budget agreement between the state legislature and Gov. Gavin Newsom provides funding for expanding Medi-Cal coverage to undocumented individuals over 50 and for removing the Medi-Cal asset test for seniors. These changes to Medi-Cal were key priorities...[ Read More ]

5 Things California: Q&A w/John Baackes, Public health in the budget, HCBS spending plan

| Jun 15, 2021 | California

While DJ is away on vacation, I’ll be bringing you the next few editions of 5 Things We’re Watching. I’m the managing editor here at State of Reform where I have my eye on health care and health policy in California and a number of other states. Feel free to...[ Read More ]

CA Legislature’s budget rebuilds decimated local public health infrastructure

| Jun 2, 2021 | California

Members of the “California Can’t Wait” coalition of local public health officials, county governments, frontline health workers, and community advocates today applauded California Legislature’s FY 21-22 budget plan which adopts the coalition’s proposed $200M annual investment to rebuild local public health workforce and infrastructure.     “California legislators have taken...[ Read More ]

A California Public Health Coalition tells legislators: "We can't wait until the next pandemic to invest in public health"

| Feb 9, 2021 | California

A coalition of California public health officials, workers and advocates sent a letter to legislators requesting the continued investment of $200 million a year to address what they call “the erosion of the public health workforce and infrastructure.”      The coalition includes the California State Council of the Service...[ Read More ]

Ting and Arambula discuss pandemic's budgetary consequences

| Dec 14, 2020 | California

California’s budget outlook for the upcoming year is uncertain, according to California Assembly Budget Committee Chair Phil Ting. During the “Reviewing the FY2022 Budget Scenario” panel at State of Reform’s Southern California Virtual Health Policy Conference, Ting said the state currently has $11 billion in surplus, but he is still...[ Read More ]

5 Things California: Budget scenario, DHCS update, Modernizing public health

| Dec 3, 2020 | California

With our 2020 Southern California State of Reform Health Policy Conference next week, we wanted to highlight some of the key sessions you'll see on the Topical Agenda for Tuesday. It makes sense, I think, as the things we are following in California health care and which we write about in...[ Read More ]