Newsom Wants To Spend Medicaid Money On California Homelessness

“I’ve been talking to the president. We cannot do this alone,” the Democrat governor said about the plan projected to cost $117 million annually.

  • California Democrat Gov. Gavin Newsom has proposed using federal healthcare funds to cover at least six months of rent for homeless California residents and those close to losing their homes.
  • The effort will be carried out through the state’s Medi-Cal program.
  • Newsom says he’s asked the Biden administration to approve a 6-month “transitional rent” program under Medi-Cal, according to a report from Kaiser Health News.
  • California is modeling the program off of similar programs in Oregon and Arizona that have been previously approved by the federal government.
  • “I’ve been talking to the president,” Newsom said. “We cannot do this alone.”
  • The program would cost $117 million per year, according to KHN.
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