Media Statement

Hospitals Applaud Gov. Newsom for Prioritizing Behavioral Health, Coverage Expansion in May Budget Revise

“The health and well-being of all Californians took a big step forward today under Gov. Newsom’s proposed May revision to the state’s budget,” said Carmela Coyle, President & CEO of the California Hospital Association. “The Governor’s plan to invest $4 billion in behavioral health programs for those up to age 25 is a meaningful investment in our children’s future and is the cornerstone of the landmark Blueprint for Behavioral Health, which CHA, NAMI California, and a coalition of more than 50 statewide organizations released earlier this month. Today’s announcement will place California at the forefront of our nation’s effort to address unmet behavioral health challenges.”

“We also are very pleased by the Governor’s proposal to significantly expand Medi-Cal coverage for a number of underserved populations, including coverage for undocumented seniors age 60 and over,” Coyle said. “Only when all of us have the coverage and access to necessary health care services can we truly have a healthy society.”

“California’s hospitals applaud Gov. Newsom for his forward-thinking approach to ensuring the health and well-being of all Californians,” Coyle said.