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Provision in new law will boost Medicare payments in 14 Calif. counties

Doctors who treat Medicare patients in 14 California counties will get paid more by the federal retiree health-insurance program under a bill President Barack Obama signed into law Tuesday. The measure includes a provision Rep. Sam Farr (D-Carmel) has been pushing for 15 years to increase Medicare reimbursements to doctors in Monterey, Riverside, Sacramento, San Benito, Santa Cruz, Marin, Santa Barbara, San Diego, Sonoma, Placer, El Dorado, Yolo, San Luis Obispo and San Bernardino counties.