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Budget deal: Mixed bag on health care
Sacramento Business Journal

The new state budget approved Sunday by California lawmakers is a mixed bag when it comes to health care services.

The budget deal — which must be signed by Gov. Jerry Brown before it becomes law — includes $437 million to support Medi-Cal expansion under federal health reform and boosts Medi-Cal coverage for pregnant women and behavioral health treatment, but leaves in place a 10 percent cut in Medi-Cal provider fees.

The legislative budget ensures catastrophic health care coverage for agricultural workers and grants overtime to in-home supportive services workers for the first time, but fails to restore a 7 percent cut to home-care recipients’ hours.