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Local health leaders call for increase in Medi-Cal rates during forum
Sacramento Business Journal

Three million more Californians have insurance today than a year ago, but many of them are covered by Medi-Cal — and that’s putting financial challenges on local providers, said speakers at a Business Journal breakfast forum in Sacramento on Thursday. The other challenge is who will care for these people. There’s been a surprise rise in emergency-room use due to poor access to primary care doctors. Many physicians worked at capacity before launch of the Affordable Care Act, and low reimbursement by the Medi-Cal program has prompted some to stop taking new patients.