Sac Bee: Federal appeals court upholds California’s Medi-Cal rate cut

The full 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Friday upheld Gov. Jerry Brown’s 10 percent cut in payments to hospitals, doctors, pharmacists and other providers of medical care to the poor under the state Medi-Cal program.

The cut, adopted by Brown and the Legislature two years ago to help balance the state budget, was nullified by federal Judge Christina A. Snyder, but a three-judge appellate panel reversed the rejection. That decision was upheld Friday by the full appeals court. The cut had been suspended by court order while the appeal was under way.

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