CITY HALL — Thousands of low-income children across the region are expected to lose health insurance coverage this year as a result of steep state budget cuts.
The California Managed Risk Medical Insurance Board voted last week to begin terminating coverage to more than 60,000 low-income children enrolled in Healthy Families as of Oct. 1 in order to cope with a projected $112.6-million budget gap.
About 229,000 of the program’s nearly 1 million participants are Los Angeles County residents. Figures for Burbank were not immediately available, but local officials said it could be in the hundreds. The state Legislature cut funding for the program by $128.6 million last month, which was compounded by an additional $50-million line-item cut from Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.