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Report Says Medi-Cal Cuts Would Cause Side Effects Throughout California

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Aired 4/19/09

 

A new report offers a detailed look at the effects proposed Medi-Cal cuts would have on the state's economic health. The study comes from the non-profit group Health Access California . KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

 

The report says the proposed $800 million in healthcare cuts would have significant side effects throughout the state.

 

The study says the cuts would cause California to lose nearly one-billion dollars in federal matching funds.

 

Health Access California director Anthony Wright says that's not all.

 

Anthony Wright: We've determined that in fact those $800 million of healthcare cuts actually turn into about two-point-one billion dollars of lost business activity in California.

 

Wright says San Diego County would lose 814 jobs and a total of more than 85 million state and federal dollars.

 

Governor Schwarzenegger says the Medi-Cal cuts will help balance the state's budget.

 

Kenny Goldberg, KPBS News.

 

 

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