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Thousands Expected for Rally to Block Medi-Cal Rate Cuts

By David Gorn, California Healthline

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Protesters are calling on the governor to restore $1 billion in health care funding. (seliaymiwell/flickr)

Thousands of doctors, dentists, patients, health care professionals and other protesters are expected to gather Tuesday outside the Capitol Building to support the idea of reversing a 10 percent Medi-Cal provider rate cut. Organizers say it will be the largest health care protest in Sacramento history.

“We have people hopping on buses in Oceanside at 4 in the morning to get here,” said Molly Weedn, director of media relations for the California Medical Association. “People are coming from all over the state, and we’ve seen support from both sides in the Legislature. All of this [support] shows that the public doesn’t want Medi-Cal to be cut, so that’s why we’re doing this.”

It has been a tough couple of weeks for proponents of reversing the rate cut made in 2011 and not yet implemented because of court battles.

On May 24, the Ninth Circuit federal appeals court ruled the Medi-Cal cut to be legal, and lifted the injunctions on its implementation. That means the lawsuits to reverse the reduction now have only legal recourse, and that’s an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. Continue reading

Appeal Denied: Medi-Cal Rate Cuts Poised to Move Forward

By Judy Lin, Associated Press

A federal appeals court on Friday denied a second request by California doctors, pharmacists and hospitals seeking to undo the state’s 10 percent provider rate cut for treating the poor.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied an appeal from medical providers to rehear their case, which allows Gov. Jerry Brown to begin implementing the cuts retroactively. A three-judge panel had ruled against them in December on the grounds that trial courts cannot block the state from making cuts that were approved by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Health providers vowed they will continue to press lawmakers to restore the 10 percent reimbursement rate cut to the state’s Medicaid program, known as Medi-Cal. Continue reading