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California, feds locked in debate over billions in Medi-Cal funding
The Mercury News

California risks losing billions in health care dollars if the state and federal governments can’t agree by Saturday on a plan to fund reforms of the Medicaid program, hospital officials and experts say.

Public hospitals throughout the state are counting on the $7.25 billion in state and federal funds to treat large numbers of low-income and uninsured patients. The plan, known as a “Medicaid waiver” because it allow states to make exceptions to Medicaid rules, also would allow the state to continue improving the efficiency, safety and quality of its Medicaid program, called Medi-Cal.

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