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Efforts to renew the popular program have stalled in Congress.
About 2 million California children get check-ups, vaccinations, emergency visits and other benefits through the popular program. The funding for CHIP has stalled in Congress.
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.
In many cases, Medi-Cal pays doctors just 6 percent more than they were paid in 1985 to treat adult Medi-Cal patients.
Republican efforts to pass a repeal-and-replace plan by Sept. 30 are over, as Senate leaders reverse their plan to hold a vote this week on the Graham-Cassidy bill.
Suing Medicaid is difficult so other civil rights groups are monitoring this case, but experts say similar actions elsewhere could be difficult to win.
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.
A selection of opinions on health care developments from around the state.
In other health news from around the state, startup insurer Oscar reports first-half losses of $57.6 million from California, Texas and New York. And Sacramento County orders a makeshift youth shelter to close.