Governor Brown says expanding Medi-Cal will mean the state will be relieving counties of a financial burden: paying for health care for the uninsured.
"We don't want to pay twice. So where there is funding that is now properly… something the state outta use, we'll do it," said Brown during his brief speech on Tuesday.
California Health and Human Services Secretary Diana Dooley says the budget also proposes a way the state will seek to capture money counties currently use to treat the uninsured.
"The mechanism is for capturing the savings so that the state doesn't pay twice," said Dooley. "The state pays about a 1.5 billion annually to the counties for health care, some of which will no longer be an obligation of the counties because of the Affordable Care Act."
The administration wants to shift the way counties spend state money - so that counties pay more for social programs like child care and CalWORKS.
Elizabeth Lansberg of the Western Center on Law and Poverty wants to make sure the people who need these services are protected.
"As counties take on paying for more of the funding we want to
make sure that there isn't a decrease in the grants and there isn't
a decrease in the services or a decrease in child support," said
But county officials say the Governor's proposal to possibly redirect $300 million dollars in the first year is "too aggressive." They say counties are not in the position to take on more responsibilities.