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Governor’s Budget Includes $670 Million for Medi-Cal; Preserves Provider Rate Cuts

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The governor’s budget is out and for the first time in years, California is expecting a multibillion dollar tax surplus. The governor is proposing a $8 billion in increased spending, with $670 million earmarked to expanded benefits under Medi-Cal.

The expanded benefits include mental health, substance use disorder, adult dental, and specialized nutrition services.

In his proposal, Brown noted that Medi-Cal is the “budget’s second largest program.” In keeping with his approach to being fiscally prudent, Brown included a warning about health care inflation and implementation of the Affordable Care Act. From his budget: Continue reading