January 2013: Governor Releases Budget – No Cuts Proposed for Our Vital Programs
On January 10th, Governor Brown released his proposed 2013-14 budget. For the first time in years, California appears free of the constant deficits that have forced legislators to reduce or eliminate funding for various programs and services Californians rely on.
The highlights of this year’s budget include:
- A $350 million allocation to implement an optional expansion of Medi-Cal eligibility, part of California’s efforts to implement the Affordable Care Act. Between 2014 and 2017, the federal government will provide a 100% matching rate individuals included in this expansion.
- The restoration of $59.1 million in funding for the In-Home Supportive Services program, which will restore recipient hours previously lost due to a 3.6% cut in previous budgets.
Additionally, the Governor announced that implementation of the duals demonstration will be pushed back until September, 2013. This comes after months of discussions between the Administration and concerned advocates, who repeatedly argued that the transition timeline was too aggressive. Instead, Governor Brown proposed a “phased-in” transition in 7 of the 8 demonstration counties.