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Mercury News editorial: Increase Medi-Cal rates to salvage health care reform
The Mercury News

Gov. Jerry Brown dropped the ball on Medi-Cal reimbursement rates, including only a minimal increase in his proposed budget for next year. If the Legislature doesn’t step in, then the promise of health insurance to millions of Californians on Medi-Cal will be a cruel joke: Insurance does no good if you can’t find a doctor who’ll see you.

The Legislature needs to pass AB 366, which at least would restore cuts to reimbursements made in recent years. It’s what we hoped the governor would propose, and it should be just a down payment on a plan to bring California’s high-cost compensation levels — now among the lowest in the nation — to at least around the median.