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The lawsuit is a civil rights case on behalf of Latinos, who comprise nearly half of the program’s enrollees. But the advocates who filed it also hope to get class action certification for all Medi-Cal enrollees.
Dismantling Obamacare could force layoffs and shrink local business revenues in small, rural towns in California and beyond.
“Nothing is safe — no population, no services,” the director of the nation’s largest Medicaid program said Wednesday. GOP leaders say they seek to cut costs and widen consumer choices.
The survey also found public support for program changes that would place work requirements on beneficiaries and make drug testing a condition of enrollment.
Critics say the bill, sponsored by Reps. David Valadao and Jeff Denham, is an effort to deflect attention from their support of the House GOP’s health care bill. But some say they are addressing a serious problem: California’s Medicaid rates are among the lowest in the nation.
Visits have surged 75 percent over five years. Obamacare proponents had argued that expanded health care coverage would reduce the use of emergency rooms.
States like California, which substantially expanded Medicaid coverage to children and adults in rural counties and small towns, would be most affected.
The bill signals California’s willingness to pay those providers regardless of federal changes but does not guarantee the funding.
Denti-Cal has been criticized for not paying dentists enough to care for low-income Medicaid recipients.
A University of Southern California professor says conservatives and liberals should split the difference: Scrap the exchanges and expand Medicaid.