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Will lawmakers strike a last-minute deal on plugging Medi-Cal’s huge funding gap?
Sacramento Business Journal

Efforts are underway to jump-start negotiations to come up with an equitable tax on health plans that will fill a $1.1 billion gap in the Medi-Cal budget. Legislative leaders announced conference committee appointments Wednesday, after lawmakers failed to come up with a fix before the regular legislative session ended Sept. 11. That wasn’t a formal deadline on the issue because Gov. Jerry Brown called a special session on health care financing that doesn’t follow normal rules. The current method for generating the money doesn’t expire until June 30, 2016.