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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.
The proposal would not change whether children are eligible for aid, but rather it would change the potential immigration-related consequences for their parents. A study finds that the move could result in between 875,000 and 2 million children across the country becoming uninsured.
A selection of opinions on health care developments from around the state.
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.
Meanwhile, Modern Healthcare features a legal analysis of how those Trump administration rules could impact the health industry.
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.
While the governor might not have to make a decision on single-payer, it’s likely health care will be a big issue in the next few years as California tries to stabilize its marketplace and expand coverage.
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.