CA Budget Deal Includes Historic Kids Expansion; But No Other Medi-Cal Restorations

Today in a joint press conference with California Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins and Senate President Pro Tempore Kevin de León, Governor Brown announced a budget deal that includes $40 million for a Medi-Cal expansion for low-income children regardless of immigration status. The expansion would be effective May 1, 2016 (four month later than the Legislature’s proposed start date). The proposal would eventually cover 170,000 children and cost $132 million when fully implemented and the full number of children expected to actually enroll.

This expansion of coverage to all children regardless of immigration status would make California’s children healthier, our health system stronger, and our families and communities more financially secure. Ensuring all California children, regardless of immigration status, have access to primary and preventive care, advances the effort to improve the quality and reduce the cost of the health system on which we all rely.

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