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Court rules California can cut pay to those who treat the poor
Sacramento Bee

A federal appeals court ruled Thursday that California can cut rates to doctors, pharmacists and other providers for serving Medi-Cal patients, overturning a lower court decision that blocked a 2011 state budget reduction.

A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals determined that the U.S. Health and Human Services secretary has authority to determine whether California and other states can cut Medicaid rates – the federal program of which Medi-Cal is part.