Medical groups, insurers, physicians and a union support a bill to reverse a 10 percent cut to provider rates in a state budget from two years ago.
They say payments in Medi-Cal are already barebones, and the program needs strong footing to accept more people under the Affordable Care Act next year.
"It's already hard enough for medical providers, responders, community clinics to service this unique population because we're critically underfunding the Medi-Cal reimbursements," says Democratic State Senator Ricardo Lara, who is carrying a bill to reverse Governor Brown's administration's savings measure.
"Folks are still treating Medi-Cal patients and it's really a labor of love," adds Lara.
"We have to be very prudent in terms of what we're doing with the budget, and we can't unwind or undo a lot of the reductions that we've done in the past if we're going to stay in balance," says Palmer.