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Public Policy Newsletter Article

Governor Releases Proposed 2021 Budget

  • 2021-01-28T16:00:00.000+0000
  • Author: Jimmy Jackson

Governor Gavin Newsom released his proposed $227 billion 2021 budget on Friday, January 8. The Governor’s proposals include establishment of an Office of Health Care Affordability which will be charged with increasing transparency on cost and quality, developing cost targets for the health care industry, enforcing compliance through financial penalties, and filling gaps in market oversight of transactions that may adversely impact market competition, prices, quality, access, and the total cost of care.

In addition, the Budget includes $12 million to add continuous glucose monitors as a covered Medi-Cal benefit for adult individuals with type 1 diabetes, effective January 1, 2022, and funding to make permanent certain telehealth flexibilities authorized during COVID-19 for Medi-Cal providers, and to add remote patient monitoring as a new covered benefit, effective July 1, 2021.

A summary of the health items in the budget from Biocom California lobbying firm Sloat Higgins Jensen and Associates can be found here.