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DHCS Analysis Finds BCRA Adds $30 Billion in Annual State Costs by 2027

The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) has issued an analysis of the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) that found a drastic shift in responsibilities and health care costs from the federal government to the state. The analysis found that the BCRA would add nearly $3 billion in costs to the state in 2020, with the annual cost growing to $30.3 billion by 2027. The cumulative cost to the state from 2020 through 2027 would total an estimated $114.6 billion, with a $92.4 billion impact to the state’s General Fund. The report notes that increased costs would require the state to consider reductions in services and coverage to the Medi-Cal population. The full analysis is available on DHCS’ website.