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How Brown shaves $1.7 billion from Medi-Cal budget
California Watch

Gov. Jerry Brown is counting on fewer Medi-Cal users seeing the doctor, visiting the emergency room or spending the night in the hospital – by charging those low-income patients a co-pay of as much as $100. In other words, what’s bad for the patient, might be good for the state budget. The expected drop in “utilization” – budget code for people who fail to take advantage of government services because of various roadblocks – is just one of the ways that Brown expects to carve $1.7 billion from Medi-Cal, the state health insurance program for the needy.

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