In his revised budget proposal this month, California Gov. Jerry Brown increased funding for the state Health and Human Services Agency by almost $840 million from what he originally proposed in January, but the state hospital and medical organizations are concerned the new amount will not be enough to cover the increase in the state's Medicaid population.
Before Medicaid expansion under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, there were 7.9 million residents enrolled in Medi-Cal, the state's Medicaid program. In fiscal 2014-2015, that is expected to increase to 11.5 million. Much of this increased cost will be covered by the federal government, but the state general fund will contribute $29.6 billion to the overall $136.7 billion HHSA budget while “other funds” will contribute $107.1 billion.