Governor Newsom Has Signed His First State Budget. See What’s In There—California Healthline

Below is the summary by California Healthline in their Daily Edition, of the newly signed California State Budget. See the full article in the Los Angeles Times here.

The $214.8-billion budget Gov. Gavin Newsom signed, which is the largest in state history, will cut costs for some Californians and raise taxes on others through a sweeping set of new policies ranging from ending sales taxes on diapers and tampons to fining people who don’t buy insurance.

Under the budget:

— More than 900,000 Californians who buy their own health insurance will be eligible for new help paying their insurance premiums. The subsidies will cap premiums to a percentage of income on a sliding scale for people between 200 and 600 percent of the federal poverty level.

— California will reinstate a variety of Medi-Cal services that were deemed nonessential during the recession, such as optical services, podiatry, help for incontinence issues, audiology and speech therapy.

— Medi-Cal eligibility is also being extended to adults in the U.S. illegally through the age of 25.

— Sacramento and other large cities will get more money to help homeless people under a deal announced Thursday by Newsom and legislative leaders. Under the agreement, $275 million will go to big cities including Sacramento that have more than 300,000 people. Counties will get $175 million and regional agencies called continuums of care will receive $190 million.

— Monthly landline and mobile phone bills will increase slightly Jan. 1, and the budget earmarks that money for improvements to 911 emergency communications across the state. Most states are far ahead of California on updating their 911 systems, and lawmakers were warned that the growing threat of deadly wildfires — in addition to earthquake and flood dangers — makes it important to fix the system as soon as possible.

— Newsom and legislative leaders agreed to spend $143.3 million to add 12,400 new slots in child-care centers across the state, most of which will be reserved for children from low-income families.