One of the programs in question is Healthy Families – it covers low-income kids whose families can’t afford private insurance but don’t qualify for Medi-Cal.
Kristen Golden Testa is with the advocacy group The Children’s Partnership and says it’s hard to believe the Legislature would approve this option. She calls Healthy Families one of the state’s most successful programs. She says California would lose billions of dollars in federal funding and put kids’ health in jeopardy.
“This would be an incredible roll back and devastating impact on children. If you don’t cover them now and you don’t treat them know it has tremendous, expensive and costly impacts on their lives as adults.”
In Schwarzenegger’s budget plan released last week he outlined a Healthy Families cut that could cause about a quarter of – or 225,000 – kids to lose coverage.
The other areas facing possible elimination include some mental health services and a welfare to work program.