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KQED: Governor Proposes Painful Cuts to Health Care Programs to Close Budget Shortfall

In an April 14, 2020 article about the drastic cuts proposed by Governor Gavin Newsom in his May Budget Revise, reporter April Demosky writes:

The governor is also proposing to reroute $1.2 billion raised from the state’s tobacco tax. Instead of increasing payments to doctors and clinics that treat Medi-Cal patients, as the money was intended when it was passed by voters in 2016 as Proposition 56, the state would like to redirect it to fund the growth in general Medi-Cal costs.
Doctors groups, which spent millions to help pass the tobacco tax, say this cut to reimbursement rates will create more pressure and uncertainty on physician practices at a time when many are already facing big drops in revenue because of canceled surgeries and appointments. Doctors say this could force them to limit the number of Medi-Cal patients they see.

Read the full article here.


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