The Ventura County Star’s Timm Herdt reports the majority of higher than projected tax receipts is being directed by the administration of Gov. Jerry Brown to cover also higher than expected enrollment in the state’s Medicaid program, Medi-Cal.
One year ago, Brown delayed approving legislation that expanded Medicaid eligibility under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, concerned over the fiscal impact of a program the prior administration of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger deemed a budget buster during the recession.
With a staggering 3 in 10 Californians reliant on the public health insurance program, Medi-Cal continues to be a budget threat. Only this time, a revenue windfall staved off a shortfall for upcoming fiscal year that begins July 1.
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