The State Constitution requires the Governor to submit a balanced budget proposal to the Legislature by January 10 of each year. The proposal is to be introduced in the both the Assembly and Senate as identical budget bills. Through the initiative process, a large portion of the state spending is locked into place and cannot be influenced by the Governor or Legislature (i.e. Proposition 98 mandate funding levels for education). A new budget is adopted for each fiscal year which runs from July 1 through June 30. After the Governor’s introduction of the budget, the Legislature has until June 15 to pass it. This five month period allows for public comment on the state’s spending priorities. The Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO), the Legislature’s nonpartisan fiscal advisor, releases a comprehensive review of the Governor’s proposal in mid-February which serves as a starting point for discussion in the Legislature. The LAO provides background, economic projections, and recommended revisions.
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The Governor released his proposed 2015-2016 budget and, as anticipated, it mainly implements and provides funding for programs and services required for the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. The budget assumes an estimated 3.3 million additional people will enroll in Medi-Cal by the end of 2015-16, as a result of health care reform implementation.
While he does not propose additional cuts to vital health care safety net services, unfortunately, he also does not address the major issue of those who will remain uninsured even after implementation of the ACA and Medi-Cal expansion. CPCA continues to play a leadership role in finding solutions (SB 4, Lara), that will make health care services available to all Californians.
The Governor’s Budget Proposal is ambiguous about providing access to full scope, state-only Medi-Cal to immigrants protected by President Obama’s recent Executive Order. CPCA is committed to ensuring access for this population to full scope state-only Medi-Cal and we will work with the immigrant rights groups on this effort.
The Governor also included a section on Investing in California’s Workforce, the details of which can be found at the end of this document.
CPCA’s Government Affairs Department has analyzed the budget and has included Community Clinic and Health Center Impacts. If you have any questions, please direct them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) and Expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
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