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Community Clinic Operator Could Be on the Brink

The operator of seven community clinics in San Diego and Riverside Counties says it may be forced to close one or more of its sites. The Borrego Community Health Foundation says unless state money flo

Community Clinic Operator Could Be on the Brink

The operator of seven community clinics in San Diego and Riverside Counties says it may be forced to close one or more of its sites. The Borrego Community Health Foundation says unless state money flows again soon, it can't continue as is. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.

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Borrego Community Health treats a lot of Medi-Cal patients. But it hasn't received any Medi-Cal reimbursements from the state since August 1st. The state now owes the foundation more than half-a-million dollars. 

Gary Rotto (RAW-toe) is with the Council of Community Clinics . His group represents Borrego and 16 other clinic operators in the region. He says it's not fair that his members are suffering financially.

Gary Rotto: They manage their businesses well, and they expect that the legislators, who manage the business of the state, would manage it just as well. And to this point, the legislators have not.

Rotto says Borrego's decision to close one of its clinics is dependent on quickly they get money from the state again. More than one-thousand patients in San Diego could be affected.

Kenny Goldberg, KPBS News.

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