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California Legislature's Special Session On Healthcare

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio / File
 

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio / File

California leaders are staring at a $1 billion shortfall in funding for the state-run healthcare provider Medi-Cal. Following the passage of last month’s budget, Gov. Jerry Brown announced a special legislative session dedicated to figuring out how to backfill $1.1 billion dollars the state will lose when the managed care organization (MCO) tax expires next year.

Legislators also need to find $200 million to fund the restoration of In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS). Beyond that, Brown is asking legislators to craft a plan that will pay for IHSS well into the future. David Gorn is a senior reporter for California Healthline and has been following the special session that started this week. He joins us to talk about the plans being proposed. 

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