Category: Budget


Assembly Budget Subcommittees Convene Joint Informational Hearing on Healthcare Workforce

On Monday, Assembly Budget Subcommittees No. 1 on Health and Human Services and No. 2 on Education Finance convened a joint informational hearing entitled, “Meeting the Demand for Health: Final Report of the California Future Health Workforce Commission.” Recall, the California Future Health Workforce Commission released its final report in February, which assessed the current…

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Trump Administration Releases 2020 Budget, Proposes Significant Cuts to Health, Social Program Spending

On Monday, President Donald Trump released his Administration’s proposed FY 2020 budget, amounting to a record $4.75 trillion plan that increases military and defense spending while significantly cutting health, environmental, and education spending. Notably, spending on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is slated for a 12 percent cut, which includes a $750…

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Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Subcommittee No. 3 Hears Governor’s Oral Health, Home Visiting, and Black Infant Health Proposals

On Thursday, the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Subcommittee No. 3 on Health and Human Services began hearing proposals under three state departments. Under the Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA), department leaders detailed proposals for additional staffing in response to various measures passed last year. The Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) did…

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LAO Publishes Analysis of Proposition 56 Spending on Medi-Cal

The California Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) recently published its analysis of the use of Proposition 56 tobacco tax revenues in Medi-Cal to improve access to quality care. The LAO examines financing and access and quality care monitoring under the Medi-Cal program and summarizes how Proposition 56 funding has been used in the Medi-Cal Program to…

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Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee Holds Hearing on Affordable Housing and Homelessness

Yesterday, the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee convened a hearing to discuss affordable housing and homelessness in California. During the hearing, the Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) began with framing the housing affordability and homelessness issue in California, sharing several high-level details also provided in their recently published reports (see below). The LAO indicated that…

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Senate Budget & Fiscal Review Committee Holds Hearing on Medi-Cal Coverage and Prescription Drug Affordability

On Thursday, the Senate Budget & Fiscal Review Committee convened an informational hearing on Medi-Cal coverage expansions and prescription drug affordability: Medi-Cal Expansion The hearing featured a presentation from Laurel Lucia from the UC Berkeley Labor Center, detailing California’s current landscape of health care coverage and gaps as identified in their recently released report, “Toward…

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Joint Assembly and Senate Hearing Considers Options for Funding Health Insurance Affordability Assistance

On Monday, a joint Assembly Health, Assembly Budget Subcommittee #1, Senate Health, and Senate Budget Subcommittee #3 hearing, chaired respectively by Assembly Member Wood, Assembly Member Arambula, and Senator Pan, convened to explore health insurance affordability challenges in the individual market. Dr. Wood, in his opening remarks, commented on the great success California has had…

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LAO Issues Analysis of FY 2019-20 State Medi-Cal Budget

On Wednesday, the Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) released its analysis of Governor Gavin Newsom’s FY 2019-20 budget proposal related to Medi-Cal. The governor’s budget estimates the Medi-Cal budget at $20.7 billion General Fund ($98.5 billion total funds) in 2018-19, which is a significant $2.3 billion General Fund downward adjustment relative to the 2018-19 Budget Act….

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