One reason I now write from the view of a recovering partisan.
Gov. Jerry Brown scored a budget win Thursday as the Obama administration approved a major share of Medi-Cal cuts that health care providers and patient advocates said would cut off medical access to the state’s most vulnerable residents.
Here’s the response from Anthony Wright at Health Access California:
“Even before these cuts, California has one of the worst Medicaid provider reimbursement rates in the nation. These additional cuts will clearly impact access to care for millions of Californians.” said Anthony Wright, executive director, Health Access California, the statewide health care consumer advocacy coalition. “While we are concerned about the impacts of the cuts that were allowed to go forward, it’s important that other provider cuts were rejected as going too far in restricting access. The new monitoring system now required by the federal government is essential in publicly documenting the real access to care that Medi-Cal patients have.”
The cuts approved, proposed under both the Schwarzenegger and Brown Administrations, include a 10% provider cut on many outpatient services, including physicians, clinics, optometrists, therapists, laboratories, dental, durable medical equipment, and pharmacy, and a 10% provider cut on freestanding nursing and subacute facilities, and distinct part/nursing facility-B services.
The cuts rejected include a 10% cut to physician and clinic services for children, home health services or distinct part subacute facilities. Other cuts to other long-term care facilities are still under review.
As this point, the only people I think should be subject to health care cuts are our elected congressional representatives and senators, as well as the executive branch and all other federal employees.
Maybe then the entitled and comfortably insured would get what lack of coverage and cuts mean to the unconnected, powerless and the poor.