County Official Says State Budget Could Endanger Public Health Programs



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(Sacramento, CA)
Thursday, June 06, 2013

Governor Jerry Brown says counties will save money under the federal health overhaul because the state will enroll uninsured people in Medi-Cal. So the Governor proposes to capture health money going to counties.

That idea doesn't sit well with county officials.

“We think health services that protect the public and citizens are genuinely at risk,” says Sacramento County Director of Health and Human Services, Sherri Z. Heller. 

Heller says the county could lose 9 million dollars next year.

Some of that money supports a laboratory that detects tuberculosis, sexually transmitted diseases and food borne illness.

“While that is true, there will be some savings [because of the new enrollment in Medi-Cal], " says Heller, "The Governor’s revised budget way overestimates the amount of those savings and takes them way too soon.”

But the administration says any redirected money will be based on a county’s actual savings under the Affordable Care Act.

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