Calm waters…

No major announcements, good or bad, in the health budget of today’s May Revise.

(For those wondering, the Governor’s health reform proposal is not included–and was not expected to be included–in this budget proposal. To the extent that major health reform passes this year–including the revenues–that will be reflected in next year’s budget process.)

We are reviewing the details of the May Revise. Here’s the basic stats for the key health coverage programs, Medi-Cal and Healthy Families.:

* The number of Californians getting Medi-Cal coverage is decreasing a bit, by around 1%, to about 6,602,900, which probably is related to the improving economy. The May Revision includes total Medi-Cal expenses at $37.7 billion ($14.7 billion general fund).

* Healthy Families is continuing its steady increase in covering more children, by about 9%, to about 919,500. Taking into account renewed efforts to maximize enrollment, the May Revision includes Healthy Families expenses at $1.1 billion ($400.4 million general fund).

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