Hospitals, Providers, Advocates Irked by What’s Left Out of Budget Revision

Health care stakeholders were not too pleased with Gov. Jerry Brown's May budget revision released yesterday.

Increased spending on Medi-Cal was an expected byproduct of Medi-Cal expansion, said Michele Stillwell-Parvensky, senior policy and communications associate for the Children's Defense Fund California. What was unexpected was that a number of axed programs and budget reductions remained the same, she said.

"Even though the state is financially better off right now, there were some programs that didn't get restored," Stillwell-Parvensky said. "Now that we're doing much better, we have the resources to fund these things."

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