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California Medicaid waiver shows waning federal support for uncompensated care
Modern Healthcare

The CMS has tentatively approved California’s multibillion-dollar Medicaid waiver but will substantially curtail its subsidies for uncompensated care. The decision highlights the Obama administration’s growing reluctance to pay for healthcare for the uninsured now that most of them have access to coverage. On Saturday, California officials announced an agreement with the Obama administration on a $6.2 billion waiver, known as Medi-Cal 2020, that would sustain the state’s efforts to reform its Medicaid program under a massive transformation waiver that expired on Oct. 31.

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