Pharmacies Say Cuts Would Hurt Access

Los Angeles residents have been visiting First Street Pharmacy to have their prescriptions filled since the early 1970’s. The spot has garnered a multi-generational following of locals who knew the shop’s owner, Dr. Robert Ramirez, when he was just a kid. They come to Ramirez because he knows their families and their symptoms and because he’ll let them delay payment when he knows they’re low on funds. But State budget cuts could put an end to local, independently owned pharmacies like First Street by impeding access to pharmaceuticals for low-income and disabled Californians who rely on Medi-Cal to pay for their prescriptions. Medi-Cal is the State’s publically funded health insurance program and the State is calling for a 10% cut in the program’s budget.

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