Reverse Medi-Cal Rate Cuts, Health Providers Say

An unlikely coalition of doctors, dentists, hospitals, health plans and a health care union launched a statewide campaign Wednesday to support the successful roll-out of federal health care reform and oppose further rate cuts in Medi-Cal, the government health care program for the poor.

The “We Care California” coalition came together at the State Capitol to announce support for Senate Bill 640 and Assembly Bill 900, which would reverse cuts to California’s Medi-Cal rates, already the lowest in the nation.

“Every provider in California’s vast health care delivery system unequivocally agrees with the simple notion that more Californians must have access to quality healthy care when and where they need it, but that quality care is going to be less available and affordable in California if we continue to cut our system to the bone,” Dr. Paul Phinney, a Kaiser doctor in Sacramento and president of the California Medical Association, said in a news release.

Members of the coalition include the California Medical Association, California Hospital Association, California Primary Care Association, Dignity Health, Service Employees International Union-United Heathcare Workers West, the California Association of Physician Groups, the California Dental Association, Blue Shield of California, Anthem Blue Cross, Kaiser Permanente, Health Net and Molina Healthcare.

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Sacramento Business Journal
April 26th, 2013