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Medi-Cal funds would go to state, not counties
San Francisco Chronicle

Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday said that the state should oversee the expansion of its Medi-Cal program as encouraged by the Affordable Care Act but that counties will have to give up funding used to care for low-income residents. The state now sends about $1.5 billion annually to counties for health care for indigent Californians, many of whom are not currently eligible for Medi-Cal. But about 1.4 million residents will become eligible for Medi-Cal in January as the health law is implemented, reducing the cost burden on the counties for medical care, state officials said.