Today the Assembly released an early version of their budget priorities which partially funds Health4All. The proposal includes other policies that will help make health care more accessible and affordable for Californians.
The Assembly is holding a hearing TODAY beginning at 2:30pm to vote on the package. You can listen to an audio version of the hearing here.
Below are a few key highlights of the package:
- Expands Medi-Cal Coverage to low-income undocumented youth, ages 19-25 ($250 million);
- Improves Affordability by providing enhanced premium assistance to low-income individuals and families in Covered CA between 200-400%FPL ($300 million); Provides refundable tax credits for individuals between 400-600% FPL ($200-250 million);
- Strengthens Workforce capacity by expanding the Song-Brown program to increase the number of primary care physicians in underserved areas ($84 million) and expands the UC programs in Medical Education (PRIME) which serves underserved populations in rural communities for three years ($30 million).
CPEHN is pleased that the Assembly has responded to our call for Health4All. Now it is up to the Senate to match this investment in the health of California’s immigrant communities, or do even better. Currently, 1 in 3 Californians rely on Medi-Cal – under today’s proposal that number would be even larger. Now more than ever, we must hold plans accountable for providing quality health care and ensure equity remains a focus of future health care reform proposals.
For more information about our policy work, and how to support efforts to improve Medi-Cal quality, visit our website.