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FY 2011-12 Budget Proposes Steep Cuts

Governor Jerry Brown released his budget proposal yesterday, with $12.5 billion in spending reductions across the state and a ‘realignment’ of services from the state to the county (mental health services, foster care, child welfare, substance abuse and adult projective services). Health and human services programs were hit particularly hard, with $1.6 billion cut from Medi-Cal, $1 billion from In-Home Support Services (IHSS), $1.5 billion from CalWORKS, and $750 million from developmental services.

Proposals to the Medi-Cal program include limits on service utilization, share of cost for beneficiaries, elimination of adult day health care, and reduced Medi-Cal provider payments. For Healthy Families, Brown proposed the elimination of vision benefits, premium increases for families with incomes greater than 150% FPL, and increase in co-payments.

A summary of the cuts to HHS programs can be found here. You can also access the full budget summary here.