Capitol Desk: Latino Caucus Hopes for Medi-Cal Relief

Members of the legislative Latino Caucus on Tuesday laid out their agenda that includes some form of reversal of the 10% reduction in payments to Medi-Cal providers.

The Legislature passed the 10% cut in 2011, but it was delayed until a federal appeals court ruling upheld the reduction two weeks ago. State officials said the bulk of the cutbacks will begin in September.

Although the case may be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, the federal appeals court ruling May 24 puts pressure on the Legislature to come up with an alternative. Some lawmakers -- including the Latino Caucus -- have been working to craft a legislative answer. Two members of the Latino Caucus in particular have been front-and-center in efforts to reverse the rate cuts.

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