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


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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