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Calif. Speaker seeks to expand Medi-Cal for poor
San Francisco Chronicle

Assembly Speaker John Perez introduced legislation Monday to expand Medicaid in California under the federal Affordable Care Act, extending the health care program for the poor and disabled to include more than 1 million additional people. At the same time, health care providers escalated their legal fight against the state’s planned cuts to Medicaid reimbursement rates, saying any further reductions to the state’s payments could keep patients from accessing vital care at a time when the state seeks to expand quality coverage for uninsured Californians.

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