Medi-Cal Local Assistance Estimates
Medi-Cal Local Assistance Estimates are prepared by the California Department of Health Care Services, Administration Division, Fiscal Forecasting and Data Management Branch.
About Medi-Cal Local Assistance Estimates
Expenditure forecasts are prepared by the Fiscal Analysis and Estimates Section. The major responsibility of the Section is the preparation and presentation of two Medi-Cal Estimates each year (sent to the legislature on January 10th and May 15th) providing information on costs for the current and upcoming fiscal years. Preparation includes the compilation and fiscal analysis of data for all policy changes, analysis and projection of cost, eligible, and user trends, and the final compilation of an extensive estimate package providing numerous tables and comparisons to highlight the basic components of costs in the programs and point out any significant changes. Development of the Estimate involves extensive consultation with Departmental program staff, coordination with other departments, constant coordination with the Department of Finance, liaison with the Legislative Analyst's Office, and several briefings of Department management and the Health and Welfare Agency.