Newsom Signs FY 2021-22 Budget Trailer Bill on Health

On Tuesday during a visit to a health clinic in Fresno County, Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law AB 133, the FY 2021-22 state budget trailer bill on health. AB 133 was the last of the budget trailer bills passed by the Legislature prior to their adjournment for summer recess earlier this month.

AB 133 includes numerous sweeping investments in health care, behavioral health, and health coverage. Notably, the measure expands full-scope Medi-Cal eligibility to low-income adults ages 50 years and older, regardless of immigration status, making California the first state in the nation to do so. The state’s ambitious California Advancing and Innovating Medi-Cal (CalAIM) initiative, behavioral health reforms, continued telehealth flexibilities, and extended Medi-Cal eligibility for post-partum individuals were other top-line items included in AB 133.

CHEAC recently published a summary chart detailing key provisions of AB 133 available here. CHEAC’s full agreement memo for FY 2021-22 is available here. An announcement on the signing of AB 133 from the Governor’s Office is available here.