Mark Newton
(916) 319-8323
Deputy Legislative Analyst: Health, Developmental Services, and Technology
Jason Constantouros
(916) 319-8322
Medi-Cal/Managed Care/Family Health/Health Care Affordability and Workforce Development
Brian Metzker
(916) 319-8354
Privacy, Security, and Technology
Ryan Miller
(916) 319-8356
Medi-Cal/Behavioral Health/Covered California/CalHHS Agency Issues
Angela Short
(916) 319-8309
Child Welfare, Child Support, Community Services and Development, Community Care Licensing, CalSTRS
Karina Hendren
(916) 319-8352
Medi-Cal/Long-Term Care/Developmental Services
Will Owens
(916) 319-8341
Public Health/Behavioral Health/State Hospitals
Sonia Schrager Russo
(916) 319-8361
Juwan Trotter
(916) 319-8358
In-Home Supportive Services/Aging Programs
Ginni Bella Navarre
(916) 319-8342
Deputy Legislative Analyst: Human Services and Governance


Health and Human Services

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Tobacco Settlement Fund

February 20, 2002 - The administration's proposal to "securitize" the state's future revenues from settlement of litigation with tobacco companies is a feasible and reasonable step for the Legislature to consider However, we recommend that the Legislature consider this transaction only if presented a more detailed analysis demonstrating that the net financial outcome would be beneficial to the state.


Mental Health Services for Special Education Pupils

February 20, 2002 - We recommend the Legislature set aside funding for the AB 3632 program mandate--"Services to Handicapped Students"--pending development of a new program of county mental health services for special education pupils.


State Faces Potential Loss of State Children's Health Insurance Program Funds

February 20, 2002 - The state is at risk of losing $750 million in unspent federal State Children's Health Insurance Program funds over the next two years in the absence of congressional action. We suggest the Legislature work with the congressional delegation regarding the availability of these funds. We also present examples of options to minimize this potential loss of federal funds.


Healthy Families Parent Expansion

February 20, 2002 - The Governor has recently indicated support for the Healthy Families parent expansion in the budget year. Should the Legislature wish to proceed with the expansion in the budget year, we offer an alternative for doing so at a reduced state cost.


Child Health and Disability Prevention Program

February 20, 2002 - We agree in concept with the Governor's plan to eliminate the Child Health and Disability Prevention (CHDP) program. However, we note that there are problems with the proposal that need to be addressed such as its impact on community health clinics and access to care for children previously served by CHDP.


Medi-Cal Managed Care: Where Do We Go From Here?

February 20, 2002 - We review options for reform of the medical system that now provides care for a majority of Medi-Cal beneficiaries. We suggest the Legislature consider changing the way managed care rates are set, increasing competition among health plans, and enrolling the elderly and disabled in managed care.


Regional Center Mission and Funding are Misaligned

February 20, 2002 - Funding for Regional Centers for the developmentally disabled has more than doubled since 1995-96, yet they are still experiencing financial problems. We propose some initial steps the Legislature could take to achieve significant savings that could either be used to reduce state spending or to reinvest in the Regional Center system.


Assessing the Governor's Proposed Medi-Cal Reductions

February 20, 2002 - We recommend against adopting administration proposals to reduce provider rates for certain services and charge copayments to Medi-Cal beneficiaries. We propose a different copayment approach. We recommend approval of a proposal to reduce the cost of Medi-Cal drug purchases and offer some additional approaches that could save the state money on purchases of drugs.


Hospitals Face Financial Headaches

February 20, 2002 - California hospitals face significant financial pressures in the next several years, particularly from recent federal regulations limiting the amount the state can pay public hospitals participating in Medi-Cal. We recommend steps the Legislature could take even in difficult fiscal times to deal with problems faced by hospitals.


Welfare-to-Work Participation in the CalWORKs Program

February 20, 2002 - Only 26 percent of single-parent cases in federal fiscal year 2000 were participating in CalWORKs in accordance with state law. We believe that increasing participation is an important long-term focus for the Legislature.


Analysis of the 2002-03 Budget Bill, Health and Social Services Chapter

February 20, 2002 - Analysis of the 2002-03 Budget Bill, Health and Social Services Chapter


Review of the Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC)

December 5, 2001 - A member requested comprehensive review of the Department of Managed Health Care’s (DMHC) $30 million budget and its daily operations. We offer a series of options for further reform of the managed care industry, including licensing and certification of medical groups and expanded state review of HMO contracts for medical services


Insurance Coverage for Substance Abuse Treatment

July 20, 2001 - A review of existing data and research on health insurance coverage for substance abuse treatment (both alcohol and drug use).


Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)

March 27, 2001 - Compliance with the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) will require the health care industry to change processes and systems that will result in significant costs. We recommend that the Legislature approve the funding to support HIPAA compliance activities but recommend the enactment of state legislation providing an appropriate policy framework to govern HIPAA compliance activities.


Index of Information Technology Issues in the Analysis of the 2001-02 Budget Bill

February 24, 2001 - Index of Information Technology Issues in the Analysis of the Budget Bill, 2001-02