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Increased Health Costs, Limited Services Slated for California's Needy

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(Sacramento, CA)
Friday, July 1, 2011

The spending plan takes effect today, but some Medi-Cal cuts are still pending federal approval.

Those include a series of cost-sharing measures and limits on services for Medi-Cal recipients.

Starting in October, doctors visits may be limited to seven a year, unless patients get approved for more.

Medi-Cal recipients could pay five dollar co-pays on doctors visits come November.  An emergency room visit may be 50 bucks.

Anthony Wright is from Health Access.

WRIGHT: What these cuts do is place both financial and administrative barriers for people to get the care that they need. (:06)

The state says Medi-Cal costs have been growing by six to eight percent annually. This year's cuts will yield some five percent savings. 

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