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Lawmakers announce renewed push for Medi-Cal funding
Lawmakers announce renewed push for Medi-Cal funding

California lawmakers and advocates are gearing up for a new chapter in the battle over the state's healthcare program for the poor. They announced new legislation on Wednesday that would pump more money into Medi-Cal, which has expanded to cover more residents even while suffering from recession-era funding cuts. The bills (SB 243 and AB 366) would reverse cuts to doctors who treat Medi-Cal patients. It also would go further, requiring higher payments from managed care plans that contract with the state and boosting funding for hospitals. Lawmakers said the money is necessary to ensure there's enough healthcare providers in California willing to treat poor patients through...