Patt Morrison for March 30, 2010

The hidden cost of health care reform: states to pay for expansion of Medicaid/Medi-Cal

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Can California afford the new health care law?

Expanding the Medicaid system (Medi-Cal in California) so more Californians can have access to affordable health care sounds like a good plan but it could end up costing the state as much as $3 billion a year. And in case you haven’t noticed, California is in the midst of an economic tsunami. Will the Feds kick-in more money to help cover the costs of their health care reform plan or should the states be left holding the bag?


Bruce C. Vladeck (VLADD-ehck), Ph.D., Senior Advisor, Nexera Inc.

Marian Mulkey, senior program officer, California Health Care Foundation

Kim Belshe, secretary of the California Health and Human Services Agency

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