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Health and Human Services 01/07/2011

Low Income Health Program (LIHP)

The Department of Health Care Services is expected to release the application for the Low Income Health Program (LIHP) today. Please check the Department’s website for the application. In addition, the Department updated the site in the last few weeks, including the Frequently Asked Questions section. Counties are encouraged to check the site regularly for new information.

CalWORKS

AB 1 (Pérez) – Support
As Introduced December 6, 2010

AB 1, by Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez, would appropriate $233.5 million for CalWORKs Stage Three child care, effective immediately upon passage. 

AB 1 fulfills Speaker Pérez’s promise to attempt to restore Governor Schwarzenegger’s October 8 veto of $256 million in CalWORKs Stage Three child care subsidies from the 2010-11 budget. Since that time, more than 40 local county First 5 Commissions have stepped in to provide bridge loan funding to sustain the program until a legislative solution is adopted. 

AB 1 would reappropriate $118 million in unobligated balances from the 2009 federal Child Care and Development Block Grant, and provide $115.5 million from the state General Fund for the program. 

While the bill is not keyed as an urgency bill, it would go into immediate effect because it “makes appropriations for the usual and current expenses of the state.” According to the Legislative Counsel’s Office, this clause also categorizes the bill as a majority vote bill, rather than the two-thirds that is usually required for expenditures. Lastly, AB 1 also contains language to make it retroactive to November 1, 2010.

CSAC is supporting the bill because it funds an important component of the CalWORKs continuum by creating opportunities for working parents to obtain and maintain stable employment. AB 1 is on the Assembly Floor Third Reading File

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