Supervisors oppose proposed funding change
June 11, 2013 — Fighting for the chance to stop a shift of Public Health funds, Lassen County Supervisors unanimously voted to oppose the governor’s proposal to redirect County Realignment funds to the state.
In a recent proposal by California Governor Jerry Brown, funds originally designated toward public health programs may decrease by $2.8 million, potentially lowering the current Public and Environmental Health and Public Health realignment funding from $1,842,850 to negative $927,629.
The governor’s proposal also showed a total loss of $3.2 million over the next three fiscal years: $393,271 in 2013-2014, $1.2 million in 2014-2015 and $1.7 million in 2015-2016.
“Lassen County seeks to assure that County Health Realignment funding for county public health services is protected to meet essential public health responsibilities of Lassen County and other County Medical Services Program (CMSP) counties,” said the county Board of Supervisors resolution.
County Administrative Officer Martin Nichols asked the board to add the item to the agenda because the information became available after the agenda as posted.
The programs in Lassen County that could be affected should the funds be shifted include animal control, emergency services, recorder- vital statistics, physician services at juvenile hall, physician services at the jail and family resource centers.
Lassen County is one of 32 small counties participating in the CMSP which provides health care coverage to low-income, uninsured adults.
The memorandum provided to the board of supervisors on May 28 stated that maintaining this health care safety net is important to Lassen County because it allows for continued provision of health care to low income residents following the federal Affordable Health Care Act, it promotes strength in health care services and providers and it promotes community health.
After deliberation, county supervisors opposed the governor’s choice to redirect County Health Care realignment funds to state for the fiscal years of 2013-2014 and 2014-2015. Also, they concluded that for those same years, the CMSP governing board would not have to pay the state with funds allotted to them.
Additionally, they decided for the 2015-2016 year that the contribution to the state from the County Health Realignment funds of this county and any other CMSP county should only match what the county would originally pay to participate in CMSP in accordance to the Welfare and Institutions Code Section and that the CMSP Governing Board shall maintain sufficient funds to provide health coverage to low income, uninsured residents and for other public health programs.
This resolution heads to the state government June 15.
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