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New Leaders in Legislature Plan To Include Health Care Issues on Agenda
California Healthline

Two new leaders of the Legislature discussing the direction of state programs and finances yesterday hit on health care topics a number of times.

Assembly member Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) assumed the Assembly Speaker role in May, and Sen. Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) is expected to be named Senate pro Tem later this month.

The two legislators covered a range of issues at yesterday’s Public Policy Institute of California event, moderated by PPIC president and CEO Mark Baldassare. Health care topics included Medi-Cal provider reimbursement rates and extending health care coverage to the undocumented population.

“We need people to have access to health care, real access,” Atkins said. “We have to look at raising [Medi-Cal provider] reimbursement rates so providers can participate in Medi-Cal. We have to make sure we have enough to pay providers a decent rate.”