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Propose Cuts to Medi-Cal

Governor Brown expected to propose cuts to Medi-Cal and other health care programs

California faces an 18-month deficit that is estimated to be more than $25 billion. A portion of the shortfall stems from overly optimistic budget assumptions that outgoing Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) and state legislators included in the budget plan for the current fiscal year.

The estimated deficit also accounts for an expected imbalance between the amount the state will receive in taxes during the next fiscal year and the amount it would spend under current law.

In his forthcoming budget plan, Brown is expected to propose wide-ranging cuts to nearly all state services, including several health care programs.

For example, Brown is expected to call for reductions in Medi-Cal spending by:

  • Limiting visits to physicians;
  • Reducing rates paid to health care providers; and
  • Requiring patients to provide copayments for services.

Brown’s plan also could include changes to Healthy Families, California’s Children’s Health Insurance Program. The changes could eliminate vision benefits and require enrollees to pay higher premiums for care.

In addition, Brown is likely to propose reductions in the number of hours that In-Home Supportive Services workers can care for disabled and elderly residents. The governor-elect also could attempt to divert certain funds from voter-approved accounts that fund mental health care and early childhood development.

Read more: http://www.californiahealthline.org/articles/2011/1/3/brown-expected-to-propose-cuts-to-medical-other-programs.aspx#ixzz1AfxioDru

Governor Brown expected to propose cuts to Medi-Cal and other health care programs

California faces an 18-month deficit that is estimated to be more than $25 billion. A portion of the shortfall stems from overly optimistic budget assumptions that outgoing Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) and state legislators included in the budget plan for the current fiscal year.

The estimated deficit also accounts for an expected imbalance between the amount the state will receive in taxes during the next fiscal year and the amount it would spend under current law.

In his forthcoming budget plan, Brown is expected to propose wide-ranging cuts to nearly all state services, including several health care programs.

For example, Brown is expected to call for reductions in Medi-Cal spending by:

  • Limiting visits to physicians;
  • Reducing rates paid to health care providers; and
  • Requiring patients to provide copayments for services.

Brown’s plan also could include changes to Healthy Families, California’s Children’s Health Insurance Program. The changes could eliminate vision benefits and require enrollees to pay higher premiums for care.

In addition, Brown is likely to propose reductions in the number of hours that In-Home Supportive Services workers can care for disabled and elderly residents. The governor-elect also could attempt to divert certain funds from voter-approved accounts that fund mental health care and early childhood development.

Read more: http://www.californiahealthline.org/articles/2011/1/3/brown-expected-to-propose-cuts-to-medical-other-programs.aspx#ixzz1AfxioDru

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