Dr. Richard Pan Makes Statement on Passage of State Budget
SACRAMENTO- Dr. Richard Pan, pediatrician and State Senator representing the Sacramento region, made the following statements regarding the legislature’s passage of the 2017-18 State Budget:
“I am pleased to vote for another on-time, balanced state budget that continues to add to the state’s Rainy Day fund while investing in important priorities for our state including increased funding for education, health care, and children and families. As Chair of the Senate Budget Subcommittee on Health and Human Services, I and my colleagues worked to identify investments to improve the quality of state services that could lead to future savings and improved outcomes.
As a community clinic pediatrician, I appreciate that this is the first budget to fund improved access for Medi-Cal patients since payment cuts were made to Medi-Cal providers during the recession, finally addressing a long-standing problem of insufficient providers accepting new Medi-Cal patients. Last November, the voters passed Prop 56 to reduce youth smoking and fund increased Medi-Cal provider rates to improve access, and the State Senate championed the initial step in this budget. The budget directs $546 million of the $1.3 billion in projected Prop 56 revenues toward expanding access to preventive healthcare, dental care, family planning and care for the developmentally disabled and people with HIV/AIDS. Greater Prop 56 funding for Medi-Cal access next year is anticipated in the budget plan.
In addition, the state budget contains investments for the State Capitol region including $1.9 million for the B Street Theatre venue as well as state building construction.”
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