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Mandatory co-pays sought
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

If the Legislature approves Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget proposal, poor and disabled Californians insured by the state’s safety-net health insurance program would have to start paying for some services. Brown’s budget calls for adding mandatory copays – the up-front fees for doctor visits paid by most insured Americans – to the Medi-Cal program. It’s a move Brown says could save more than half a billion dollars in the coming year and that some doctors say could cut down on the number of ER visits. But others say the plan could cost hospitals.