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California Budget Fails to Solve Medi-Cal Program Woes

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by Ketakee Kane
California Healthcare News
July 10, 2015

Ketakee Kane's article,"California Budget Fails to Solve Medi-Cal Program Woes," was published in California Healthcare News on July 10, 2015.

From the article...

" Over the past couple of years, California has seen a massive expansion in people enrolled in Medi-Cal, California’s Medicaid program. Despite the obvious benefit of increasing access to healthcare for millions of Californians, Medi-Cal is becoming increasingly overburdened and profoundly underfunded. Consequently, Medi-Cal beneficiaries are facing considerable obstacles in obtaining medical care, resulting in a spike in emergency room visits, overwhelming the state’s already beleaguered emergency departments.

Background

Medicaid is a healthcare program designed to provide medical services for low income families and individuals. The program is state administered and funded through a combination of state and federal funds. States are technically not required to participate in Medicaid, however, all 50 states are currently participating. In 2014, the implementation of The Affordable Healthcare Act (ACA) expanded eligibility for Medicaid, with all U.S. citizens and legal residents who earn an annual income of up to 133% of the federal poverty level qualifying for coverage in any participating state."

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