Budget hearings and benefits…

Lots of budget hearings for health advocates today.

The Senate Budget Subcommittee on Health, chaired by Senator Alquist, met this morning. It heard several proposed cuts. It did *not* take action on a proposal to delay the state’s prescription drug discount program, and similarly held open other proposals to cut community clinics, and various other efforts to get care for children and vulnerable patients.

The Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Health, chaired by Assemblywoman Berg, is meeting this afternoon. The big topic is the elimination of Medi-Cal “optional” benefits, especially dental coverage.

My colleague Hanh will have a full report later.

Also: Stan Rosenstein was also finally confirmed by the Senate today for his position today at the Department of Health Care Services.

Health Access California promotes quality, affordable health care for all Californians.

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