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Judge: California needs U.S. approval to halt some Medicaid services
Sacramento Bee

A Sacramento federal judge has ordered the state to keep providing adult dental, podiatric and chiropractic services to poor people in underserved rural areas until it gets permission from federal heath authorities to discontinue the benefits.

U.S. District Judge Frank C. Damrell Jr. ruled Wednesday that, while the services are not mandatory under the federal Medicaid program (Medi-Cal in California), the Legislature’s decision to end them last year as a cost-saving measure was unlawful without federal approval.