California Stakeholders Urge Feds to Reject Gov. Brown’s Medicaid Cuts

Some 20 members of a broad coalition of California healthcare stakeholders met with Medicaid agency chief Don Berwick on Thursday and urged him to reject the state’s request for deep cuts to the state-federal program for low-income people. Gov. Jerry Brown has asked federal regulators for permission to cut the program by $1.4 billion to help the cash-strapped state plug its $26.6 billion budget gap. Stakeholders say the cuts would devastate a program that’s critical to the success of Democrats’ healthcare reform law – in California alone, the law would add 3 million people to state Medicaid rolls starting in 2014.

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