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A Public Health Compromise for California

StateCapitolThe Legislature is poised to offer health insurance to millions of additional low-income Californians, with the federal government covering much of the cost. The expansion would be a boon to counties, which collectively spend billions of dollars caring for the indigent uninsured. One sticking point, though, is what to do with the more than $4 billion in sales taxes and vehicle license fees the state has been sending back to counties every year to help pay for public health programs — and that the Brown administration wants to reclaim. Last week a group of nonprofits offered a sensible compromise,proposing that counties keep the funds if they spend them on a more efficient way to deliver care to the needy according to a recent report that ran in the Los Angeles Times.