Category: Budget


Legislature Reaches Bill Introduction Deadline, CHEAC Issues First Bill Chart of 2021

Legislative activities in Sacramento continue to ramp up following last Friday’s deadline for lawmakers to introduce legislative bills in their respective houses. The Assembly introduced nearly 1,600 bills and the Senate introduced over 800 bills that will be considered by the Legislature over the coming months. In other related news, Governor Gavin Newsom on Tuesday…

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Legislative and Budget Hearings Cover Telehealth, COVID-19 Impacts, and Homelessness

This week, the California State Assembly and Senate held a number of hearings spanning a wide array of subject areas, including COVID-19, homelessness, telehealth, and proposed budget investments. Below, we provide a high-level overview of hearings held this week: Assembly Examines Telehealth Policy in California Post-Pandemic The Assembly Health Committee on Tuesday convened an informational…

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DOF Notifies Legislature of DREOA Extension to Support COVID-19 Response

This week, the Department of Finance (DOF) notified legislative budget leaders of the Newsom Administration’s intent to extend use of the state’s Disaster Response-Emergency Operations Account (DREOA) for COVID-19-related emergency operations costs for an additional 120 days. In a memo to the legislature, the DOF highlights the Newsom Administration’s ongoing response efforts to the pandemic,…

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Newsom, Legislative Leaders Strike Agreement on Pandemic Relief Efforts

This week, Governor Gavin Newsom, Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins, and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon announced an agreement on a package of immediate actions to provide relief to residents, families, and businesses experiencing hardship during the COVID-19 pandemic. The agreement reflects a compromise on initiatives proposed in the Governor’s January Budget to provide cash…

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Senate Sub. 3 Examines DHCS Budget Items, Including CalAIM

The Senate Budget & Fiscal Review Subcommittee No. 3 on Health and Human Services today convened a hearing to examine proposed budget investments under the jurisdiction of the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS). Today’s hearing included presentations from DHCS Director Will Lightbourne and State Medicaid Director Jacey Cooper, representatives from the Department of…

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LAO Issues Analyses on Medi-Cal Budget, CalAIM Financing

This week, the California Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) released an analysis on the state’s Medi-Cal budget for 2020-21 and 2021-22, as well as an analysis of California Advancing and Innovating Medi-Cal (CalAIM) financing issues. Brief summaries of these reports are provided below: Medi-Cal Budget Analysis The LAO’s analysis assesses major adjustments to the Medi-Cal budget…

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Legislature Examines State Rollout of COVID-19 Vaccines, Considers Public Health Infrastructure Funding

This week, the California State Senate and Assembly convened several hearings to examine the state’s rollout and administration of COVID-19 vaccines, as well as consider investments for the state’s public health infrastructure. Below, we detail each of the hearings. Assembly Sub. 1 Assesses Vaccine Administration, Hears CHEAC Budget Requests On Monday, the Assembly Budget Subcommittee…

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JLBC Approves $1.2 Billion in Funding for Continued LHD COVID-19 Response

On Tuesday, the Joint Legislative Budget Committee (JLBC) notified the California Department of Finance (DOF) of its approval of the Newsom Administration’s proposal to allocate nearly $1.2 billion in unanticipated federal funds to local health departments to support ongoing response activities to the COVID-19 pandemic. Recall, approximately $1.7 billion in Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity (ELC)…

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Senate Sub. 3 Begins Assessment of FY 2021-22 Investments

This afternoon, the Senate Budget & Fiscal Review Subcommittee No. 3 on Health & Human Services convened its first hearing of the year to review the Newsom Administration’s proposed investments in a number of areas under the jurisdiction of the California Health and Human Services (CHHS) Agency. In addition to CHHS items, the subcommittee heard…

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DOF Notifies Legislature of Funding Transfer to Support LHD Pandemic Response

This week, the Department of Finance (DOF) issued a letter to legislative leaders notifying them of a Fiscal Year 2020-21 budget adjustment to support continued COVID-19 pandemic response activities by local health departments statewide. The DOF notification specifies that 70 percent, or $1.2 billion, of the federal Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity (ELC) Enhancing Detection funds…

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