Governor's Major Wins for Health Equity Approved by Governor in Final State Budget
On Thursday June 27th, Governor Newsom signed California’s 2019-2020 fiscal year (FY) state budget. The final spending plan includes funds for CPEHN’s priority budget asks including; community-based enrollment assistance in Medi-Cal, asthma preventive services, and cultural competency in county mental health.
The budget also expands access to full scope Medi-Cal for young adults aged 19-25, regardless of immigration status. While CPEHN applauds this important step, we call on the Governor to continue the momentum to ensure ALL Californians, including the state’s elder population can access critical health care coverage. In other exciting news, this budget plan improves health care affordability for low and middle income Californians through additional state funds to help offset the rising cost of insurance premiums.
CPEHN’s State Budget Policy Priorities Included in the Final Budget Agreement:
- Outreach and Enrollment Assistance in Medi-Cal: $30 million over three years with a federal match to fund community-based outreach to enroll Medi-Cal eligible beneficiaries in health care coverage and ensure individuals can access those services.
- Asthma Preventive Services in Medi-Cal: $15 million one-time funding for one year to fund the Asthma Mitigation Grant Program to support community based, home visitation asthma prevention services and education for individuals suffering from mild to moderate asthma
- Improvements in County Mental Health Equity: $3 million in one-time funding for assistance to counties on reducing mental health disparities. $5 million in one-time funding for innovation grants to invest in innovative mental health strategies to serve the diverse needs of our communities.
Additional Priorities Included in the Final Budget:
- Health for All Young Adults: $98 million for the expansion of Medi-Cal to approximately 90,000 young adults aged 19-25, regardless of immigration status. Funds for elders were not included.
- Affordability Assistance for Covered California Enrollees: $1 billion plus an additional $450 million over three years for affordability assistance for individuals below 138 percent of the federal poverty level (FPL) ($16,800 for an individual) as well as subsidies for individuals earning up to 600 FPL ($75,000 for an individual).
Check out CPEHN's Budget Scorecard for additional information on CPEHN's budget requests and other health equity budget priorities.