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Study urges California to prepare for health law costs, challenges
Sacramento Bee

California will spend $2 billion more per year on Medi-Cal when federal health care reform goes into full effect in 2016 and $4 billion more annually by 2020, according to a Rand Corp. study released this week.

The law will add coverage for about 6 million Californians, raising the percentage of those covered to 96 percent from today’s 80 percent.

But the study’s authors and sponsors say California and other states need to prepare for the costs and challenges that lie ahead in expanding coverage to more residents.