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Three Million Californians Will Lose Some Medi-Cal Benefits


Aired 4/20/09


California officials say the state won't receive enough federal stimulus money to avoid raising taxes and cutting social spending. As a result, three-million Californians on Medi-Cal will lose some health benefits. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.


Nine different Medi-Cal benefits will be eliminated. These include dental care, optometry, and psychological services.


The cuts will affect adults, seniors, and the disabled on Medi-Cal. The changes will go into effect July 1st.


Anthony Wright directs the non-profit group Health Access California .


"Some people will just delay care and have a worse outcome," says Wright. "Others will find other ways to get that care, but that will then have an increased burden on the healthcare system as a whole." 


California will be cutting Medi-Cal at the same time it's receiving federal stimulus money to expand healthcare. State officials warn the souring economy could make things worse.


Kenny Goldberg, KPBS News



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