California Healthline: Protest Rises Over Medi-Cal Rates

by David Gorn

The Capitol lawn is going to be a little livelier on Tuesday, as hundreds of protesters from across the state are planning to gather in Sacramento in an effort to boost Medi-Cal provider rates.

The state’s budget is due June 15, and a consortium of health advocates and providers want to use the next two weeks to drive home the point that low rates equal poor access.

The number of Californians on Medi-Cal has now grown to 12.3 million, about a third of the state’s population. That’s an increase of 3.7 million people since implementation of the Affordable Care Act started in January 2014. All of those people need care and, according to Molly Weedn, associate vice president of public affairs at the California Medical Association, the state’s providers have become more and more reluctant to take on Medi-Cal beneficiaries.

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