Gov. Gavin Newsom’s proposed state budget continues the commitment to increasing access to dental services and improving the health of vulnerable Californians. State investments in Medi-Cal over recent years have made it a more sustainable program for dentists and resulted in increased utilization of dental services. Over 1,000 dental providers throughout the state have newly enrolled to treat Medi-Cal beneficiaries, reversing a decade-long downward trend and opening access to hundreds of thousands Californians.
Released in January, the proposed state budget for the 2020-21 fiscal year would be the largest state budget in history at $222.2 billion in total funding. The budget projects a $5.6 billion surplus, is 2.3% larger than last year's budget and adds to California's rainy-day fund — the largest budget reserve in history. While health care is a priority in the proposal, the budget also focuses on ongoing issues like the housing crisis, homelessness, climate change and wildfires.
Proposal highlights for the oral health community:
The budget proposal additionally:
CDA applauds the governor’s proposed budget for its continued commitment to rebuilding and improving the state’s Medi-Cal Dental Program and the oral health of Californians. The proposed budget expands access to care and improves the oral health of the nearly 13 million Californians served by that important public health program.
The January proposal is the first volley in negotiations between the Legislature and governor before the budget is approved. CDA will advocate for oral health through budget discussions this spring. The budget must be passed and signed into law by the start of the state fiscal year in July.
Watch for budget-related updates in the newsroom at cda.org and in the Update.
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