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State’s Medi-Cal program is being hit hard

San Francisco Chronicle, August 4, 2008

California's Medi-Cal program, which funds healthcare for 6.6 million low-income people, is being hit with recent cuts. Medi-Cal payments will soon cease for about 4,700 hospitals, clinics, adult day care centers, convalescent homes, and other institutions until the state's budget deadlock ends. Last month, a 10% fee cut took effect for the large network of doctors, pharmacists, dentists, and other healthcare professionals who serve Medi-Cal patients. California is now being sued by the California Hospital Association and other organizations over the rate cuts.