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"Statement by Kathy Kneer, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California, regarding the proposed 2014-15 California State Budget.

January 9, 2014 | Medi-Cal, Legislation Watch
Sacramento Capitol Building

“The State Budget proposal presents some good news for Medi-Cal providers. We truly appreciate that the Governor is proposing to stop the recoupment of the 10 percent cut in reimbursement rates paid to Medi-Cal providers. This is critical to maintaining provider participation in the Medi-Cal program as it expands to serve the newly eligible individuals under the Affordable Care Act. “We are hopeful that through the budget process we can rescind the 10 percent Medi-Cal reimbursement rate cut currently in effect. California’s reimbursement rates are among the lowest in the nation and that was before the 10 percent cut that this budget would keep in place.

“Planned Parenthood’s costs for providing preventive and reproductive health services – like life-saving breast and cervical cancer screenings, STD testing/treatment and contraceptive services – aren’t going down and continuing the 10 percent Medi-Cal cut puts providers in a very difficult situation. With the advent of the Affordable Care Act, California should focus on efforts to provide more services, not less, and we will work within the budget process to fully restore Medi-Cal funding.

“Another positive sign is that the Budget proposes to expand comprehensive coverage and pay out‐of‐pocket costs for pregnancy‐only Medi‐Cal beneficiaries electing to receive comprehensive coverage through Covered California beginning in January. We look forward to working with the administration and Legislature to remove barriers for women to receive comprehensive and essential pre-natal care.”

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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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