Wendy Lazarus, Founder and Co-President of The Children's Partnership, releases a statement on behalf of a coalition of leading children's health advocates in California. Despite taking steps in the right direction on Medi-Cal expansion to more than a million Californians, Governor Brown's proposal misses the opportunity to make smart investments in children's health.
"The Governor’s proposal extends a critical revenue source – the Managed Care Organization assessment – but does not explicitly invest any revenues in 2013-14 and beyond to improve children’s health care, as has been the case historically. A portion of those revenues should address the health care needs of children, which have recently been put at risk through the transition from Healthy Families to Medi-Cal without sufficient planning or investment.
The Governor also continues pending cuts to payments to Medi-Cal providers – already among the lowest in the nation – that will further undermine access to care for California’s children and families. California policymakers must develop a budget that ensures that all children in Medi-Cal are able to see a health care provider when they need one.”
Download the full statement here.