Cuts to Medi-Cal reimbursements could affect health care

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -  

A group of California health care providers say they will likely appeal a court decision which will allow the state to cut medi-cal reimbursements.

A U.S. court of appeals yesterday overturned a lower court ruling which blocked the cuts. Those cuts are expected to save the state more than six hundred million dollars a year.

But health care providers say lowering the already low-rates paid to medi-cal providers will drive more doctors out of the program.

“It’s going to be devastating for patients and getting access to care,” said Francisco Silva, General Counsel of the California Medical Association.

“Medi-cal already is really difficult. Folks know that if you have a medi-cal card, it doesn’t necessarily mean you’re going to actually be able to get care and see a physician or clinician and it’s going to get tighter and tighter  ‘cause it’s underfunded.’”

Millions more Californians are expected to be added to the medi-cal program when new health care rules and laws take effect in the coming months. 

The health care industry is hoping that the state will reconsider its planned cuts due to the improved budget outlook in California.

It’s unclear at this point what the state plans to do, but a spokesperson for the governor’s office says the court decision allows the state to continue to provide care to medi-cal patients while saving the state millions of dollars.

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