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Medi-Cal cuts must be restored
Capitol Weekly

Lost among the good news of an on-time state budget last month was a policy decision that will tear a gaping hole in California’s safety net. The $224 billion spending plan did not address the frail and vulnerable patients at hospital-based skilled-nursing facilities, leaving them and their families adrift without access to the vital health care they need.

California’s skilled-nursing facilities are in crisis. In the last five years, approximately 40 hospital-based skilled-nursing facilities in California (about one-third) have closed due to financial pressures and many more find themselves at the brink of bankruptcy and closure.