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Legislature Makes Medi-Cal Investments, Including #Health4All Young Adults, Dental, Etc.

  On Thursday, the Assembly Budget Committee is slated to vote on key budget proposals for the state’s 2017-18 Budget, including investments for the Medi-Cal program that covers over 14 million Californians, using revenues raised from Proposition 56 tobacco tax approved by voters last year. With some differences, the Assembly action mirrors action Tuesday by […]

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Budget Deal Reached!

The Legislature and the Governor have reached a budget deal! The Budget Conference Committee convened on Thursday night to take final action on budget issues in Conference Committee, which is described below. See how health priorities fared in our budget scorecard. The revised budget includes several limited but important investments in health and human services, […]

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Budget Update: Health Priorities for California Consumers

This post was written by Tam Ma, Policy Counsel.  The Assembly and Senate budget committees completed their review of the Governor’s May Revision and finalized their respective versions of the 2016-17 budget. The budget conference committee will begin meeting next week to reconcile the differences between actions taken by the two houses. The Legislature must […]

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Budget Focus at Covered California Board Meeting

This post was written by Kate Burch The Covered California board meeting on May 12 addressed several controversial issues. You can find a recording of the board meeting, links to the presentations, reports, proposed regulations, attachments, and other materials here. Market Analysis Covered California contracted with PwC for an in-depth analysis of the direction of the […]

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Governor’s Budget May Revision Continues Health Reform Progress and Also Recession-Era Cuts to Health Care

On Friday, Governor Jerry Brown released the May Revision to his proposed 2016-17 State Budget, which continues California’s commitments on health care and health reform. It also maintains many of the cuts made to health and human services during the recession and does not make additional investments needed to reduce barriers to coverage, increase access […]

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Increasing the Minimum Wage Is Good for Our Health!

Today the California legislature is taking historic votes to raise the state’s minimum wage to $15, phased in over the next few years. While the economic benefits of providing workers with more income are clear, increasing the minimum wage also has positive health effects. Increasing the minimum wage improves low income workers’ health by increasing […]

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Budget Subcommittees Review DHCS and DMHC budget items

Last week, the Legislature’s budget subcommittees on health and human services held hearings on the budgets for the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) and the Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC). Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 1 (March 14, 2016) The agenda, which includes details about each item heard, can be accessed here. Health Access […]

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Legislature Passes MCO Tax; More Work Towards Restoring Cuts and Investing in Medi-Cal

California lawmakers voted today on a bipartisan basis to revamp the tax on managed care organizations (MCOs). This allows California to meet new federal guidance and continue to draw down federal funds into the state’s health system. The proposed plan would expand the current tax on health plans, but lowers other taxes, reducing the impact […]

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