Local Health Plans’ Statement on Governor Gavin Newsom’s Budget Proposal
SACRAMENTO, CA — On behalf of the Local Health Plans of California (LHPC), a group representing 16 of the not-for-profit local health plans that serve more than 70 percent of Californians enrolled in Medi-Cal managed care, CEO Brianna Lierman offered comment on Governor Gavin Newsom’s budget priorities for 2020-21:
“The Governor’s vision for reforming health care and addressing the state’s most serious social issues places Medi-Cal solidly in the middle. Whether it is expanding the public option, lending support to the homeless, or reforming our health care system to better treat the whole person, local plans are committed to working collaboratively with our communities and partners to achieve the ambitious goals Governor Newsom set for our golden state.
“Given the successes of Covered California and the proven value of our public plans in Medi-Cal, we know that a more robust public option could serve Californians well. As community-formed and operated not-for-profits, local plans reinvest in services rather than shareholders, are transparent and accountable to the public, and have over two decades of experience in delivering high quality care to more than 7 million Californians. We are committed to working with the Governor to explore how our model of service and care can grow to better serve more Californians.”
Local Health Plans of California (LHPC) is a statewide trade association that represents all 16 of the publicly managed, not-for-profit health plans that provide access to critical and comprehensive health care services for low-income populations enrolled in California’s Medicaid program, “Medi-Cal,” in 36 out of 58 counties in the state. With over 10 million enrollees, our plans serve approximately 70 percent of all Medi-Cal managed care beneficiaries. Our member plans cover more lives than 49 other states’ entire Medicaid programs. More here.