Doctors, Hospitals And Insurers Ask For More Pay From Medi-Cal
Sixteen dollars doesn't cover a lot of overhead for doctors in California.
A coalition of doctors, hospitals and insurers called We Care for California is asking state lawmakers to give them a pay raise. The group complains California's Medi-Cal rate is one of the lowest Medicaid rates in the nation.
More than 12 million Californians are enrolled in the program. But having coverage and locating a physician who will accept Medi-Cal are two different things.
Just ask San Diegan Jeeni Crescenzo.
She and her husband enrolled in the Medi-Cal program last December. She was given a list of doctors to choose from.
"None of them are taking Medi-Cal," she said. "And they're not taking new patients. So here we are, six months later, and we still don't have a doctor."
The California Medical Association says 56 percent of Medi-Cal patients report trouble finding a doctor.
Coalition members want the state to bring the Medi-Cal rate in line with what Medicare pays.