How To End A Children's Program?
California State Capitol
Sacramento, CA - The Associated Press reports state lawmakers will begin hearings this week into how the state will end a health program serving more than 860,000 children without disrupting care. The state budget enacted this year eliminates the Healthy Families program to save $73 million a year. The AP says the program benefits low-income families who did not qualify for Medi-cal, California's version of the Medicaid program for the poor. The AP reports the Healthy Families participants will be moved to Medi-Cal.
One concern of Lawmakers is whether health care providers will be willing to accept the new patients because they were reimbursed at a higher rate under the Healthy Families program. The AP says they could get 15 percent less under Medi-Cal.
California Health and Human Services Secretary Diana Dooley says she believes enough health providers will be willing to care for the children at the reduced rates.
Written by Tracey Petersen
For the complete coverage of California State News on myMotherLode.com visit our State News Page