Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget proposal for the next fiscal year includes deep cuts to health and human services programs already reeling from prior cutbacks.
The budget proposal includes significant cuts to programs that serve California’s most needy, including:
- A nearly $164 million reduction to In-Home Supportive Services, which provides domestic assistance to the elderly and people who are blind or have other disabilities
- A $64 million cut to the Healthy Families Program, which offers health insurance for the children of California’s working poor
- $842 million from Medi-Cal, the state’s health care program for the poor.
More than a third of the Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County's 1 million patients rely on Medi-Cal for their health care, said Louise McCarthy, the Association's president and CEO.
“And that makes up a significant component of funding for services that’s able to provide these folks care," McCarthy said. "So when we think about 842 million [out] from Medi-Cal, that’s a huge concern for us."
The Medi-Cal cuts will also affect payment rates to laboratories and other medical service providers.