California budget calls for healthcare spending boost

Newly elected California Gov. Gavin Newsom has proposed a $144.2 billion general fund budget that increases state spending on healthcare, according to a Reuters report.

The budget proposal — which Mr. Newsom submitted to the legislature Jan. 10 — includes an 8 percent increase in health and human services spending over the current fiscal year, the report states.

A news release from the governor's office says the budget also increases subsidies that help low- and middle-class Californians afford health insurance through Covered California, the state's health insurance marketplace under the ACA.

The budget proposal also reportedly expands California's Medicaid program, Medi-Cal, to about 138,000 undocumented immigrants ages 19 through 25.

More information on the budget is available here.


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