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Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California applauds effort to reverse cuts to Medi-Cal program

February 19, 2014 | Healthcare Watch, Legislation Watch
Medi-Cal Press Conference

WE applaud Assembly Budget Chair Nancy Skinner and Dr. Pan for their leadership in helping ensure greater access to health care for millions of Californians

February 19, 2014 -- Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California joined a press conference held today to show strong support as Assembly Budget and Health Committee chairs launched important legislation to restore cuts made to Medi-Cal provider reimbursement rates in 2011 that are now just going into effect.

The legislation (AB 1805 and AB 1759) jointly introduced by Asm. Skinner and Dr. Pan will repeal the cuts enacted by AB 97, the health trailer bill from 2011 which reduced payments to Medi-Cal providers by 10 percent. That 10 percent rate cut to Medi-Cal providers took effect on January 9, so this legislation couldn’t have come at a better time.

Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California applauds Assembly Budget Chair Nancy Skinner and Dr. Pan for their leadership in helping to restore the cuts to the Medi-Cal program and ensuring greater access to health care for millions of Californians. In 2011, amidst the state’s worst recession in decades, the Legislature approved a 10 percent cut to medical providers in the state’s Medi Cal program that serves the poorest of Californians. The rates was approved in the 2011-12 state budget, but legal efforts stalled the implementation of the 10 percent cut until late 2013.

Restoring the Medi Cal reimbursement rates will ensure more women and men will have more access to preventive services offered at more than 100 Planned Parenthood health centers operated by the 8 Planned Parenthood affiliates throughout the state. Services at those health centers include birth control, testing and treatment for STDs, breast and cervical cancer screenings, and wellness exams. Restoring Medi-Cal providers rates is a good investment, for good health.

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Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California (PPAC) is the state public policy office representing California’s seven separately incorporated Planned Parenthood affiliates. Through advocacy and electoral action, PPAC promotes sound public policy in areas of reproductive and preventive health care, family planning and comprehensive sexual health education.

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