Feds nix plan for Medi-Cal co-pays
February 6, 2012
An effort by the Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration to raise nearly $300 million through Medi-Cal co-payments has been quashed by federal officials. [Sacramento Bee]
The unprecedented state plan was to assess a pay-per-visit fee for low-income Medi-Cal patients, and to allow doctors to determine if they would provide care — or not — because of non-payment of that fee.
The federal Center for Medicare & Medi-Cal Services (CMS) had to sign off on the plan, and declined to do so. Brown’s budget-writers hoped to assess charges to residents whose health providers include Medi-Cal for a variety of of medical services including office visits, drug prescriptions and hospital stays.