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California lawmakers must address doctor shortage
Fresno Bee

Medi-Cal, California’s health care program for low-income people, has become big business.

Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, which broadened eligibility for the program, Medi-Cal’s rolls have swollen to about 11 million people, or more than 1 in every 4 state residents.

Persistent reports suggest that the state lacks enough doctors to care for all those people. Or at least enough doctors who are willing to provide care at the rates the state has been willing to pay, which are among the lowest in the nation.