Drawing down the $$$, Part 1

Yesterday, the Senate passed on a bipartisan vote SB24xxx (Alquist), which despite its name, is a very decent proposal. It suspends the additional paperwork burdens imposed last year in the budget crisis.

The original cut would have doubled the reporting for children to maintain Medi-Cal benefits, from annually to every six months, which would have led to over 250,000 children to lose coverage over three years. The federal stimulus package conditioned billions in federal Medicaid matching dollars on maintaining eligibility and enrollment procedures. So to get the money, we have to void the mid-year status report requirement, at least for the duration of getting the enhanced matching funds.

The measure now heads to the Assembly…

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