AirTalk for April 5, 2010

What will health care reform mean for California's budget?

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The emergency entrance to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center is seen on October 9, 2008 in Los Angeles, California.

The state estimates the new federal health care law will cost California more than $2 billion. That’s because it will have to pick up half of the tab for people who are newly enrolled in Medi-Cal. Will the predicted federal savings from the health care overhaul come at the state's expense? What will be the federal government's role in insuring Californians?

Guests:

George Skelton, LA Times columnist

Jean Ross, Executive Director, California Budget Project

Gerald Kominski, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Health Services UCLA School of Public Health and Associate Director UCLA Center for Health Policy Research

Brennan Cassidy, M.D., president of the California Medical Association


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