Lawmakers push to protect health care programs in Calif. budget plan

Published on June 13, 2012 at 5:49 AM · No Comments

Lawmakers set to move a budget through the California legislature are pushing back against a plan by Gov. Jerry Brown to cut health care benefits -- notably for in-home care, kids, the elderly and the disabled.

Los Angeles Times: State Lawmakers Will Start Moving Budget Plan Through Legislature
Although Democratic legislators have consented to most of the spending plan released by Gov. Jerry Brown in May, a proposal released by the Assembly on Monday reflects opposition to some of the cuts in welfare, health care and college financial aid. … The lawmakers are also pushing back on Brown's plan to cut in-home care for the elderly and disabled (Megerian and York, 6/11).

San Francisco Chronicle: California Budget Set To Pass Legislative Panels
Lawmakers are expected to approve a framework for a state budget Tuesday, retaining most of Gov. Jerry Brown's plan but significantly reducing his proposed cuts to welfare, child care and other services that help the poor. … In other areas of state spending, Democrats plan to reject proposed reductions in Healthy Families insurance rates -- the program provides health care to poor children -- but agreed to transfer some of the state's poorest children off of the state program and onto Medi-Cal. Lawmakers also denied the governor's proposal to make AIDS patients pay more for drugs and other medical support (Buchanan and Lagos, 6/12).

California Healthline: Analysis: Governor's Budget Plan Sells Kids Short
California kids do not fare well in the governor's proposed 2012-2013 budget, and their plight could get much worse if voters reject a tax initiative in November, according to an analysis released last week by a children's advocacy group. … The policy analysis from Children Now includes pointed criticism of Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown's plan to deal with a $15.7 billion budget gap (Lauer, 6/11).

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