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Judge stops Medi-Cal budget cuts; state plans appeals
California Watch

Attorneys for California’s Medi-Cal program are gearing up to appeal two court rulings issued last week that strike down a 10 percent cut to some medical service providers for low-income Californians.

Christina A. Snyder, a U.S. District Court judge in Los Angeles, ruled in favor of pharmacies and hospital-based nursing facilities that sought to fend off the rate cut. In both cases, Snyder ruled that the gravity of the state’s fiscal crisis is not greater than the harm that might come to patients who are denied medical care.