Here’s what we will be asking as we read the May Revision of Governor Brown’s budget this morning:
* Will California maximize the benefits of the Affordable Care Act, including newly available federal funds? Will we expand Medi-Cal fully and urgently? Will we draw down federal funds for outreach and enrollment?
* Will California continue our commitment to the remaining uninsured? Will the Governor tie Medi-Cal expansion to a state-county realignment that threatens to undo our safety-net of public hospitals, community clinics, and Low-Income Health Programs?
* Will California restore the worst of the cuts to Medi-Cal? Or will the Governor seek to continue the pending cut to the worst-in-the-nation provider rates? To continue denying over 3 million low-income Californians dental coverage?