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Providers: Medi-Cal cuts could hurt health reform

4:25 PM, Dec 14, 2012   |    comments
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Health providers and advocates for the poor say they are worried that California's cuts to Medi-Cal will hamper the state's ability to expand and improve medical care under federal health reform.

A federal appeals court this week backed California's right to cut payments by 10 percent, saving the state more than $330 million a year. An attorney representing a group of pharmacies said they would appeal next week.

Doctors, pharmacies and advocates for the poor say health providers could stop participating in the insurance program for the poor and disabled because the state's payments are already low.

Medi-Cal, the state's version of Medicaid, pays $24 for a 15-minute visit to the doctor's office. Medicare pays roughly $70.

Some Democratic lawmakers want the state to rescind the cuts approved last year.

The Associated Press

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