Budget Proposed by Governor

January 9, 2014

Today Governor Brown released a summary of his proposed 2014-15 state budget. The budget for Medi-Cal is projected at $73 billion and the numbers of enrollees would be 10.1 million, reflecting the launch of the Affordable Care Act. This is an increase from $66 billion in Medi-Cal spending and 9.2 million enrollees last year.

Some of the interesting proposals:

1)   Full implementation of the Medicaid expansion

2)   Healthy Families shift to Medi-Cal

3)   AIM shift to Department of Health Care Services

4)   Full scope Medi-Cal for pregnant women with incomes under 100% of FPL

5)   Premium assistance and wrap-around coverage for eligible pregnant women through Covered California

6)   Retroactive provider rate cuts not implemented

7)   10% prospective rate cuts implemented

8)   Primary care rate increase through the end of 2014

9)   Pediatric dental and vision services outreach for children 0-3

10) Coordinated care initiative begins April 1, 2014

11)  Waiver to better integrate and coordinate mental health and substance abuse treatments

12)  MRMIB is eliminated and shifted to the Department of Health Care Services.

The full summary is available here.