California State Budget

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On January 10 of 2011, newly inaugurated Governor Jerry Brown released his first proposal for the 2011 state budget. It included deep cuts to California’s health programs, affordable housing and the education system, which will disproportionately impact low-income as well as immigrant students, seniors, families, and individuals, including many within the Korean American community.

Upon the release of his proposal, CHP members rallied in front of Governor Brown’s Los Angeles office with 75 other advocates who called for him to consider a wide range of revenue solutions instead of harmful budget cuts.

Members of KRC have once again come together to oppose the proposed budget cuts and protect the members of our community who would be impacted. They plan to participate in rallies, meet with their legislators, and share their stories as impacted Californians. Senior members of KRC, known as the Community Health Promoters (CHP), have been leaders in the campaign.

CHP member, Mrs. Hee Bok Kim, attended a rally on January 10 to stand up for the needs of her fellow Korean American seniors and urge the Governor not to force any more cuts on Medi-Cal, because they will make it nearly impossible for beneficiaries to afford health care and even basic necessities like housing.

For more information about the budget cuts, call Nicole Montojo , Health Access Project Director, at 323-937-3718 or

Governor Brown’s Proposed Cuts

  • Limit doctor visits to 10 per year and prescription drugs to 6 per month
  • Cap on medical supplies for beneficiaries
  • Mandatory copayments for doctor, dentist, clinic, emergency, and extended hospital visits
  • 10% decrease in reimbursements for providers
Healthy Families
  • Eliminate vision care for all children
  • Higher premiums and copayments
Adult Day Health Care
  • Eliminate ALL funding for Adult Day Health Care for over 27,000 seniors
Higher Education
  • $500 million cut from University of CA system
  • $500 million cut from Cal State University System
  • $15 less per month for beneficiaries

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