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Brown’s Call for Medi-Cal Expansion Leaves “Unanswered Questions”

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(Sacramento, CA)
Thursday, January 10, 2013

While the Governor stated his commitment to Medi-Cal expansion, no decision has yet been made on how exactly to accomplish that goal. 

California Health and Human Services Secretary Diana Dooley says the budget lays out two options - expanding coverage through the state, or through the counties.

DOOLEY: "The Governor's budget sets up a framework for the conversations that we have to have. There are many unanswered questions that he identified about the expansion. But the budget calls for an expansion."

In either scenario, the state would have to work closely with counties to move forward on the federal initiative.  

Anthony Wright of Health Access says the state's commitment is historic, but he wants a plan that will serve people who might still fall through the cracks.       

WRIGHT: "Our biggest concern in the conversation going forward is that we want to make sure that there are the resources and the funds for a safety net that survives and thrives even after health reform is implemented."

Brown's budget sets aside $350 million for people who are already eligible for Medi-Cal, but who are expected to enroll under the federal health law.

The Brown administration says settling on an approach to Medi-Cal expansion will involve continuing conversation with lawmakers and county officials.

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