Medi-Cal Cuts


Federal Appeals Court Approves Cuts to Medi-Cal Providers

(David Mason/Flickr)

(David Mason/Flickr)

A three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court has upheld payment reductions to Medi-Cal doctors, pharmacists and other providers. The cuts have been tied up in courts for more than a year — and they’re not settled yet. Advocates say they expect to ask for a review of the decision by the full court.

Some history:

  • Medi-Cal cuts must be approved by the federal government.
  • The current reductions, proposed by the Brown Administration, were approved by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in October, 2011.
  • That approval was promptly challenged by the California Medical Association (and others) in federal court.
  • In January, a federal judge blocked the cuts. Continue reading