After years of making progress of covering children, California may be going backwards, reports Jordan Rau in Sunday’s Los Angeles Times. Actually, it’s heartbreaking that there will be kids that are being dropped from coverage, in Alameda County now, and soon statewide.
The budget debate is no longer should kids be discouraged and denied away from coverage, but how many. The Democratic proposal would increase premiums in Healthy Families, and increase reporting in Medi-Cal–both that are expected to decrease enrollment. If we raise less than the $8 billion+ in revenues, then the cuts would need to be even steeper.
Or we can decide covering California kids is a prioirity, and raise the money to finish the job.