Ensuring Investments in Public Health and Reform Implementation
The California state budget is a reflection of the state’s values and priorities—and Health Access seeks to ensure that it includes all needed investments in health for all our residents. The 2015-16 budget process begins in January with the unveiling of the Governor’s budget priorities for the coming year.
The California Health and Human Services Agency is among the largest areas funded by the state budget – second only to elementary and secondary education. The Medi-Cal program is the largest single program operated directly by the State of California, and Health and Human Services take up about one-third of the state’s general fund. Health programs such as Medi-Cal, Access for Infants and Mothers (AIM), Managed Risk Medical Insurance Program (MRMIP), are an integral part of our health care system, providing cost-effective health care coverage to twelve million Californians—a third of California’s population.
These health programs provide a vital link for Californians who would not otherwise be able to afford health coverage and health care on their own. When the state’s fiscal outlook grew dim, health programs were often among the first targets because of their sheer size in the state budget. But it is when the economy is bad that these programs are needed most. During hard times, Californians lose jobs, income, and whichever benefits they may have had. To get back on their feet they need access to vital health care programs, and these programs should be fully funded to meet that need.
Health Access continues to fight to keep these programs whole through hard times and to invest in them where it makes sense to do so or where there are significant returns on the taxpayers’ investment.
Health Access Analysis (2015-2016)
- Budget Scorecard 2016-17-Governor’s Proposed Budget (January 8, 2016).
- Budget Scorecard 2015-2016-FINAL BUDGET (Revised June 19, 2015).
- Gov. Brown’s May Budget Revision: Key Investments Still Needed (May 14, 2015). A Health Access Budget Briefing.
- Health Access CA Letter Re-Governor’s Proposed 2015-2016 Budget to Senate & Assembly Budget Subcommittee Chairs (February 17, 2015).
- Governor’s Budget Continues Health Reform Implementation and Recession-Era Health & Human Services Cuts (February 2015) – a Health Access Issue Brief.
- 2015-2016 Budget Scorecard, Revised (February 2015)
- Final Budget Summary (July 2014). Worth a look to see where we left off on critical budget priorities last year.
- California Budget Project (www.cbp.org)
- HHS Network (Budget Advocacy Coalition)
- Legislative Analyst’s Office
- Assembly Budget Committee
- Senate Budget Committee
- State of California E-Budget
- Department of Finance