California Healthline: New Legislative Strategies May Emerge To Raise Medi-Cal Reimbursement Rates

by David Gorn

Legislative strategy may shift in the coming session over the issue of low Medi-Cal provider reimbursement rates, one lawmaker said.

California’s Medi-Cal provider payments are among the lowest Medicaid rates in the nation — and that was true even before the 10% payment cut passed by the Legislature in 2011. The reduction was instituted in September 2013 after almost two years of court battles, eventually won by the state.

Many lawmakers point out the original legislative agreement was made under great duress, during a severe budget crisis. As soon as state finances began to improve, legislators tried to reverse the across-the-board cuts.

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