Beyond touting a record of Medi-Cal fraud enforcement, elder abuse prosecutions and prescription drug fraud investigations as attorney general, Jerry Brown’s policy papers and interviews so far have been thin on details about his health care policy.
Brown called the landmark health care legislation passed earlier this year by Congress “a real step forward” and said his staff at the attorney general’s office would not challenge its constitutionality.
He has suggested several reforms to Medi-Cal, including legislation that would require care providers to report health care costs explicitly and transparently in order to encourage competition. His budget plan proposes using the combined negotiating leverage of CalPERS and Medi-Cal to hold down public health care rates.
Brown has spoken up several times about the need for prison health care reform, which he said imposes unneeded costs on the state. His budget plan recommends an overhaul of prison health care practices and suggests shifting elderly and terminally ill inmates into less expensive Medi-Cal programs.
His pension plan calls for both extending the vesting period for state workers to qualify for health care and requiring them to contribute more to their health plans.