Before this year, Medi-Cal covered only limited and episodic care. Now, it also pays for medications, inpatient beds, individual therapy and case managers.
"As the program became more brown, the state invested less green" for provider reimbursements, says a plaintiff lawyer. The state says it hasn't found systemic access issues.
State lawmakers and Gov. Brown agree to spend $546 million in new tobacco tax money to raise Medi-Cal reimbursement rates. A doctors' group says it's not enough.
While Trump's budget would mean a big hit for Medi-Cal, Gov. Brown won't respond until the Senate and House work out their differences over an Obamacare replacement.
Self-employed Californians have higher uninsurance rates than other workers, but an analysis released Thursday shows that improved under the Affordable Care Act.
The state says changes to Medicaid would blow a $18.6 billion hole in the general fund and create a $5.7 billion shortfall in support from counties and providers.
Many fear deportation by the Trump administration. An L.A. agency that has enrolled thousands is telling parents to keep their kids in the program.