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Long-Fought Medi-Cal Provider Rate Cuts Take Effect
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A long-awaited and much-feared ten percent rate cut goes into effect Thursday for doctors and clinics reimbursed through Medi-Cal –- the state’s health insurance for low-income patients. This comes at the same time the federal health overhaul is expanding that program to as many as 2 million Californians. Provisions of the Affordable Care Act will protect primary care doctors from the cuts for the next two years, but specialty doctors that treat the poor are bracing for the hit.