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Before the boost, providers were struggling to take on new Medi-Cal patients because the payments were approximately half of what doctors received through Medicare.
The budget also includes expanded access to the treatment for hepatitis C and plans to fight the homelessness crisis.
But Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) says that because the state picks up the tab on emergency room visits from these uninsured patients, the benefits of the legislation outweigh the concerns.
A report earlier in the year indicated that counties had amassed $2.5 billion in unspent funds that were meant to go to mental health services.
The loss of benefits appear to have resulted from a backlog of applications and a faulty computer system, according to court documents.
The battle in Ventura County over reimbursement rates has been raging for months, with the pharmacists saying the current rates will eventually force many out of business.
The proposals for low-income adults are flying somewhat under the radar as flashier issues like single-payer grab the spotlight.
The Department of Health Care Services says less than a quarter of adults on Medi-Cal saw a dentist within the last year.
KPCC offers information about the new regulation that allows patients with congestive heart failure, advanced cancer, liver disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease to get more services to address suffering associated with their illness.
Local pharmacists have been in battle with the health plan since OptumRx launched its program as Gold Coast’s new pharmacy benefit manager.