Plans to Move Healthy Families Enrollees into Medi-Cal in California

As a result of changes to the federal Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), the state of California is finalizing plans to expand Medi-Cal enrollment and eliminate its CHIP program, known as Health Families. Starting in Fiscal Year 2012-2013 , the state will begin to shift the 875,000 children currently enrolled in Healthy Family into Medi-Cal. This shift is likely to increase MAA claims…

A School-Based Medicaid Perspective on California’s 2012-13 Proposed Budget

On January 5, 2012, Governor Jerry Brown released his proposed budget for 2012-13, addressing a $9.2 billion projected shortfall. The proposed budget assumes the passage of a planned November 2012 ballot measure that would raise $6.9 billion through tax increases on the wealthy and a temporary sales tax hike, and also includes information on automatic trigger cuts in the amount of $5.4 billion if…

Medicaid and Related Federal Administrative Expenses Will Not Be Affected by Automatic Cuts in the Budget Control Act of 2011

In a recent report, "Budget 'Sequestration' and Selected Program Exemptions and Special Rules", the Congressional Research Service (CRS) takes a closer look at budget sequestration scheduled to occur from 2013 through 2019 under the Budget Control Act of 2011 (BCA). Among other details, the report confirms the safety of specific programs, including Medicaid, which have been identified as being…

CRS Report: Budget “Sequestration” and Selected Program Exemptions and Special Rules

This report by the Congressional Research Service (CRS) provides an overview of those programs to which apply exemptions and special rules, generally found in Sections 255 and 256 of BBEDCA, as amended (2 U.S.C. 905 and 906), under the Budget Control Act of 2011. Read the CRS Budget Sequestration and Selected Program Exemptions and Special Rules...

Deficit Committee Will Not Pass Reduction Plan

On November 21, the cochairs of the congressional Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction announced that they will not submit a plan to Congress for reducing federal spending by $1.2 to $1.5 trillion. This announcement triggers across-the-board cuts to many federal programs, excepting Medicaid. This action concludes the work of the so-called super committee created as part of the Federal…

Annual Medicaid Budget Survey Released by the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured

The 11th annual 50-State Medicaid budget survey from the Kaiser Family Foundation’s Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured (KCMU) finds that Medicaid officials in virtually every state are enacting a variety of cost cutting measures as states’ spending for Medicaid is projected to increase 28.7 percent in fiscal year 2012 to make up for the loss of federal stimulus money.   Additional…

Moving Ahead Amid Fiscal Challenges: Results from a 50-State Medicaid Budget Survey for State Fiscal Years 2011 and 2012

The 11th annual 50-State Medicaid budget survey from the Kaiser Family Foundation’s Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured finds that Medicaid officials in virtually every state are enacting a variety of cost cutting measures as states’ spending for Medicaid is projected to increase 28.7 percent in fiscal year 2012 to make up for the loss of federal stimulus money. Read the KCMU Report, 'A…

Medicaid and the Budget Control Act: What Options Will be Considered?

This Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured brief provides a summary of some of the Medicaid proposals, including those proposed by the Obama administration, that could be debated by the congressional Super Committee in an effort to achieve federal deficit reduction targets set out in the Budget Control Act of 2011. Read the KCMU Report, Medicaid and the Budget Control Act_KCMU…

Federal Budget Act of 2011 and Medicaid Advocacy News

As part of the Budget Control Act of 2011 signed into law on August 2, 2011, a Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction composed of 12 congressional members has been created and charged with proposing specific cuts of $1.2 to $1.5 trillion to any area of federal spending. Medicaid advocates nationally are taking this opportunity to educate legislators about the ongoing vital role this program…