National Multiple Sclerosis Society
CA State Issue:
Reduction in Medi-Cal Provider Rates = Reduced Access to Care
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California has among the lowest Medicaid (Medi-Cal in California) reimbursement rates in the nation. In 2011, the Legislature and the Governor reduced Medi-Cal reimbursement rates to providers by 10 percent as part of a larger effort to close a multibillion-dollar state deficit. Even with the California economy doing better and the state seeing billion dollar surpluses, the Governor’s FY 2014-15 budget maintains those Medi-Cal provider cuts. Because of these reductions in reimbursement rates, doctors may opt out of providing health care to Medi-Cal beneficiaries. The reductions may make it even harder for these patients to get medication, medical equipment and appointments with specialists. Reduction in Medi-Cal Provider Rates = Reduced Access to Care
Advocates are trying to reverse these cuts. They are concerned that Medi-Cal patients will not get the care they need. In order to make this case, we need stories from Medi-Cal patients that describe any problems or challenges they have had in accessing the care they need.
Please email Stewart Ferry at firstname.lastname@example.org to share any Medi-Cal provider access issues you are experiencing.