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.