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State budget boosts Medi-Cal by $1.2B, but still no relief from fee cuts
Sacramento Business Journal

Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed May revision of the state budget plugs a big jump in Medi-Cal enrollment — and $1.2 billion in higher spending to provide care to these people — but leaves fee cuts to the program in place.

California signed up 1.4 million new Medi-Cal members who are part of a mandatory expansion under the Affordable Care Act. The cost for these people is paid through a combination of state and federal matching funds. The additional caseload brings state costs to $193 million in 2013-14 and $918 million in 2014-15, or $1.2 billion, state officials say.