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Thousands urge Brown to boost Medi-Cal spending
Sacramento Bee

Thousands of Californians rallied outside the state Capitol Tuesday to call on Gov. Jerry Brown to increase funding for Medi-Cal, the state’s health insurance program for the poor.

Labor unions and doctors who organized the rally said improving health care should be a priority as the Legislature prepares to dig into Brown’s proposed $115 billion budget next week.

In 2011, California cut the payment rates for health care providers who serve Medi-Cal patients by 10 percent.

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