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For Monterey County hospitals, Obamacare a (complex) positive
Santa Cruz Sentinel

On the fifth anniversary of President Barack Obama signing the Affordable Care Act into law, federal health officials on Monday touted a $7.4 billion decline in the amount of uncovered health care provided by America’s hospitals.

But in Monterey County and across California, hospital officials say the law has been a double-edged sword. Fewer people are coming in without health insurance and more have access to maternity care, laboratory services, prescription drugs, drug treatment and more —— but many hospitals say they aren’t being reimbursed enough for the millions of new Medi-Cal patients statewide.