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Federal officials reject California’s plan to charge Medi-Cal co-payments
Sacramento Bee

Federal health officials rejected California’s bid to charge Medi-Cal co-payments for everything from drugs to hospital visits, dealing a new blow to the state budget but relief to low-income patients and their providers.

Gov. Jerry Brown and lawmakers relied on mandatory Medi-Cal co-payments to save $511 million in last year’s state budget and presumed that the state would continue saving in future years.