California Healthline: Legislators Hope To Restore Medi-Cal Provider Cut, Boost Access to Care

In a California Healthline report by Deirdre Kennedy, experts discussed the impacts of a large Medi-Cal provider rate cut, and the legislative attempt to reverse it.

California has some of the lowest Medicaid provider rates in the nation, and that was true even before lawmakers ordered another 10% reduction in 2011. That low reimbursement rate could affect access to care in California, if providers stop seeing new Medi-Cal patients — particularly since the state expects to add another 2 million covered patients under Medi-Cal expansion.

One piece of legislation was recently introduced to erase that cut, and a second bill would temporarily extend a bump in primary care provider rates, up to Medicare levels for a year.

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