After more than a decade of on-going major reductions,
Governor Jerry Brown's proposed 2013-2014 State Budget will not call
for any new reductions to the developmental services budget that
funds programs and services for over 260,000 children and adults
with developmental disabilities. The budget plan, released January
10, 2013, also does not call for any new reductions to the Medi-Cal
program, to In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS), Healthy Families or
other major health and human service programs. It does however, call
for the delay in the implementation of a controversial plan to shift
hundreds of thousands of people with disabilities, the blind and
seniors eligible for both Medicare and Medi-Cal into Medi-Cal
managed care type plans in 8 counties. The new managed care plans
will be phased in starting September 2013.
The Governor’s Budget projects an average community caseload of 266,100 individuals in the budget year, an increase of 10,128 consumers over the enacted budget. The estimate proposes 2013-14 funding for services and support to persons with developmental disabilities in the community at $4.3 billion total funds ($2.5 billion GF), an increase of $203.5 million ($140.2 million GF) over the enacted 2012-13 budget. The regional center budget changes include:
Caseload and Utilization
$177.5 million ($89.2 million GF) increase in regional center OPS and POS due to updated caseload and expenditure data including HCBS waiver enrollment above budgeted levels.
Sunset of 1.25 Percent Payment Reduction
$46.7 million ($31.9 million GF) increase in OPS and POS to reflect the June 30, 2013 sunset of the 1.25 percent payment reduction.
Impacts from Other Departments
-$30.8 million decrease GF in POS to reflect the DHCS withdrawal of implementation of Medi-Cal copayments for physician and dental office visits, emergency room visits, and hospital inpatient days.
Copayments for Health Care Related Services$9.9 million increase GF to reflect increased expenditures associated with a recent regional center legal opinion that is expected to change regional center practices regarding funding of health insurance copayments and deductibles. Proposed statute will limit the funding of health insurance copayments based on the family’s ability to pay, modeled after existing programs, and prohibit the payment of deductibles.
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