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The independent pharmacists say the lower rates were triggered by changes involving the Gold Coast Health Plan, the publicly funded agency that administers Medi-Cal health insurance to more than 200,000 low-income people across Ventura County.
The creation of the position was triggered in the first place because of allegations involving the health plan’s workplace environment.
In many cases, Medi-Cal pays doctors just 6 percent more than they were paid in 1985 to treat adult Medi-Cal patients.
Suing Medicaid is difficult so other civil rights groups are monitoring this case, but experts say similar actions elsewhere could be difficult to win.
More than half of the county is on Medi-Cal, but that hasn’t solved their access problems.
New research offers evidence that coverage expansion policies for adults have a positive spillover effect for kids.
California officials are being asked to review the requirement that massive, printed books be sent out to people who enroll for Medi-Cal.
One grant is going to Cal State Los Angeles, which will be used to send out mobile care teams to offer dental screenings and connect children with dentists.
For the first time in 17 years, doctors are getting a pay increase for taking Medi-Cal patients, but not everyone who refused to accept them before did so because of the low reimbursement rates.
UC Davis stopped accepting Medi-Cal coverage more than two years ago, saying the federally funded health program for low-income people didn’t adequately reimburse the hospital for its services.