Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 1 Approves a $1 Billion Health Care Package

This week, Assembly Members Phil Ting (Chair of the Assembly Budget Committee), Arambula (Chair of Assembly Budget Sub 1) and Wood (Chair of Assembly Health Committee) announced a $1.044 billion package to fund significant improvements to California’s Health Care System.  The measure  was debated in Assembly Subcommittee No. 1 on Monday, where it was eventually passed. The two Republicans on the Subcommittee, voted ‘No’ or opted not to vote.

The package proposes investments in four key areas:

Affordability

  • $300 million – Provide enhanced premium assistance to low-income individuals and families with incomes between 200 – 400% of the FPL, enrolled in Covered California.
  • $200 million – $250 million – Establish a refundable tax credit for people enrolling in the individual market, with income between 400 – 600% of FPL.

Expanded Coverage

  • $50 million – Extend Medi-Cal to undocumented adults between ages 19-25.
  • $26 million – Streamline Medi-Cal eligibility to uninsured children and pregnant women who are enrolling in the Women, Infant and Children Nutrition Program.
  • $30 million – Increase Medi-Cal eligibility for low-income seniors and disabled persons to 138% FPL.
  • $24 million – Extend Transitional Medi-Cal from 6 months to 12 months.

Accountability and Transparency

  • $50 million – Establish an all-payer payments database to obtain information on payments made for health care services, to promote greater transparency.

Workforce Capacity

  • $84 million – Expand Song Brown and other OSHPD healthcare workforce programs for multiple years.
  • $30 million – Expand the UC Programs in Medical Education (PRIME) program over three years.