California's $113B budget plan includes proposals for injecting extra money to Medi-Cal

January 08, 2015

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) released his fiscal year 2015-2016 budget plan, which included several healthcare proposals. Brown's office said the $113.3 billion budget plan "injects billions of dollars more into schools and healthcare coverage." According to the budget, Medi-Cal will account for two-thirds of overall HHS spending in the coming fiscal year. The plan also notes that unfunded liability in the state's retiree healthcare programs currently is an estimated $72 billion. To address the unfunded liability, the budget proposes that "the state and its employees (...) share equally in the pre-funding of retiree health benefits, to be phased in as labor contracts come up for renewal."