Gov. Newsom today announced his administration’s 2020-21 state
budget plan, including several proposals related to health
care policy. One key component would establish an Office of
Health Care Affordability, responsible for developing specific
strategies and cost targets for the health care field, including
enhancing transparency and ultimately creating savings for
consumers; this will likely include a focus on hospital costs in
the different regions of the state. CHA will provide more details
as they become available.
Over the weekend, the Legislature’s budget conference committee
completed its work of negotiating the differences between the
Governor’s, Assembly’s, and Senate’s budgets. The Senate and
Assembly now need to approve the final budget bill and the
accompanying trailer bills and send them to the Governor no later
than June 15, for his approval by July 1.
With the Legislature required to send the Governor a final budget
no later than June 15, budget negotiations are in full swing at
the Capitol. The budget conference committee will address the
many discrepancies between proposals from the Senate, the
Assembly, and the Governor, with plans to complete its work by
the end of this weekend.
Yesterday, CHA issued a
news release on Gov. Newsom’s revised 2019-20 state budget.
CHA applauds the Governor for making investments that improve
Californians’ health and well-being, including: ongoing support
for expanding Medi-Cal coverage to young adults, regardless of
immigration status; imposing a state-level individual coverage
mandate; broader premium subsidies for low and middle-income
families; and significant investments in behavioral health.