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Community Clinics Finally Get What They're Owed

Community clinics in the region can breathe a little easier now that the new state budget has been signed. That's because clinics will finally get paid for all of the Medi-Cal services they've provide

Community Clinics Finally Get What They're Owed

Community clinics in the region can breathe a little easier now that the new state budget has been signed. That's because clinics will finally get paid for all of the Medi-Cal services they've provided over the last two months. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

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The state hasn't paid community clinics for Medi-Cal services since late July.

La Maestra Family Clinic operates at six locations in San Diego County.

Executive director Zara Marselian says the state will soon reimburse her clinics one-million dollars. But she says there are a lot of services they'll never get paid for.

Zara Marselian: We're not being reimbursed for the uninsured care for those people who don't fall under any program, any of the social services, a lot of mental health services, we will never collect a dime on that.

Over the last two months, Marselian and many other clinic operators were forced to take out lines of credit or short-term loans. The state won't pay for any financing charges or interest payments clinics had to incur.

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Kenny Goldberg, KPBS News.

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