On Thursday, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a $308 billion state budget that includes funding for the expansion of Medi-Cal for undocumented residents aged 26-49, effective Jan. 1st, 2024. This expansion makes California the first state in the nation to offer health insurance to all undocumented residents.     John Baackes, CEO of LA Care Health … Read more

Sen. Susan Talamantes Eggman (D–Stockton) has been representing California’s fifth Senate District since 2020. She currently serves as Chair of the Senate Budget Subcommittee on Health and Human Services, and is a member of the Senate Health Committee.  In this Q&A, Eggman discusses her advocacy for modernizing the state’s behavioral health system, especially regarding mental … Read more

Starting on May 1, Medi-Cal, California’s health coverage program for low-income individuals and families, is extending eligibility for full coverage to more than 185,000 individuals who are 50 years of age or older, regardless of immigration status. “We’re delivering concrete results for Californians, continuing to fulfill the promise of a Healthy California for All, and I … Read more

Last Wednesday, the California’s Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) released a brief assessing Gov. Gavin Newsom’s budget proposals to improve access to health care insurance and health care affordability in California. The brief also identifies potential problems and provides additional recommendations for each of his proposals.     Expanding full-scope Medi-Cal coverage The LAO concluded that … Read more