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Lawmakers improve Medi-Cal funding — but will governor go along?
Sacramento Business Journal

The state budget approved by California lawmakers Monday would partially compensate health-care providers for two years of cuts in Medi-Cal funding during the Great Recession. But it would do nothing to boost rates in the future.

The legislative version of the proposed 2015-16 state budget includes $37 million to compensate providers for 10 percent cuts imposed between June 2011 and June 2013.

More than two-thirds of that — $25 million — would be be paid beginning next April 1 to doctors and other Medi-Cal providers to restore half the money they lost from those cuts. The remaining $12 million allocated by lawmakers would do the same for hospital-based skilled nursing facilities.