Poor children could lose medical coverage in budget plan
The state Legislative Analyst's Office said Friday that fewer poor children will get the medical care they need under Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget proposal.
Brown plans to save $64 million by phasing out the Healthy Families program, which provides low-cost healthcare to almost 900,000 poor children. These children would be enrolled in the state’s Medi-Cal program, which covers fewer costs.
The LAO said moving the children into Medi-Cal could help streamline the state’s healthcare programs, but it raised concerns that some doctors may stop seeing children after the switch.
“There would likely be some pediatricians . . . who would not serve these children once they transitioned to Medi-Cal,” said the LAO's report.
-- Chris Megerian in Sacramento