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SACRAMENTO: Healthcare, Medi-Cal, doctor reimbursement, non-emergency care?: "Does state funding for Medi-Cal discriminate against the Latinos it serves?; also, "U.S. appeals court says Medi-Cal cut to hospitals was illegal" ....

***Healthcare, Medi-Cal, doctor reimbursement, non-emergency care?

* Los Angeles Times (editorial):  "Does state funding for Medi-Cal discriminate against the Latinos it serves?" - From the LAT:

Only about half of the non-emergency care doctors in California are willing to treat patients who are on Medi-Cal — the state’s version of Medicaid, the joint federal-state health insurance program for the poor and disabled — because the state pays them too little for their services. Yet the federal government, which sets and enforces Medicaid’s standards for access to care, has consistently given the state’s program permission to continue as-is.

Now, two civil rights organizations are asking a judge to order the state to spend more on the program. In a recently filed lawsuit, the Mexican-American Legal Defense and Educational Fund and the Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center claim that the state’s underfunding of Medi-Cal discriminates against Latinos in violation of California law. Their clients include half a dozen Medi-Cal enrollees who were denied timely care for agonizing medical problems, largely because they had trouble finding specialists who would accept their insurance.

The implications of the case are huge ....................

***ALSO, Related:

* Los Angeles Times:  "U.S. appeals court says Medi-Cal cut to hospitals was illegal"