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Obama administration rejects Medi-Cal copayments
San Francisco Chronicle

Federal health officials on Monday said California cannot force Medi-Cal recipients to make a co-pay for doctor visits and prescription drugs, a decision that brings relief to low-income patients but complicates the state’s effort to close a $9.2 billion budget deficit. A letter from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services said agency officials were “unable to identify the legal and policy support” for the state’s request.