CSAC Bulletin Article

Assembly Announces $1 Billion Health Care Package

May 10, 2018

The Assembly Budget Subcommittee #1 on Health and Human Services heard a $1 billion State General Fund proposal to help increase the affordability and quality of health care for low-income Californians. The proposal was submitted earlier this week by the co-chairs of the Select Committee on Health Care Delivery Systems and Coverage, Assembly Members Dr. Joaquin Arambula and Dr. Jim Wood. The proposal includes:

  • $300 million to provide enhanced premium assistance to low-income individuals and families enrolled in Covered California
  • $200-$250 million to establish a refundable tax credit for people with income levels between 400% and 600% of the federal poverty level for enrollees in the individual market
  • $250 million to extend Medi-Cal to young adults (between 19-25 years old) who currently meet income-qualifications for Medi-Cal, regardless of immigration status
  • $26 million to streamline Medi-Cal eligibility to uninsured children and pregnant women who are enrolling in the Women, Infant and Children Nutrition Program (WIC) via “WIC Express Lane Eligibility”
  • $30 million to increase Medi-Cal eligibility to 138% of the federal poverty level for low-income seniors and those who are disabled, which is the same level as for the rest of the Medi-Cal adult population
  • $24 million to extend Transitional Medi-Cal from 6 months to 12 months
  • $50 million to establish an all-payer payments database to obtain information on payments made for health care services
  • $84 million to expand Song Brown and other OSHPD health care workforce programs for multiple years
  • $30 million to expand the UC Programs in Medical Education program over three years
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