Articles Tagged With ‘Medi-Cal’

Medi-Cal warns Central Coast residents they could lose coverage

By KAREN VELIE Thousands of San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara County residents could lose their Medi-Cal coverage this year because of a paperwork requirement. In 2020, because of COVID, the federal government enacted a policy that ensured people on... (Continue reading)

Central Coast firms agree to $68 million Medi-Cal fraud settlement

By JOSH FRIEDMAN A joint Santa Barbara County and San Luis Obispo County health system, along with three Central Coast health care providers, have agreed to pay a combined total of $68 million to settle allegations that they broke federal... (Continue reading)

California to keep paying Walgreens, despite Newsom’s threat

By JOSH FRIEDMAN California will continue paying money, likely billions of dollars, to the pharmacy chain Walgreens, despite Gov. Gavin Newsom announcing in a tweet last month that the state would no longer do business with the company. [Market Watch]... (Continue reading)

More Californians signing up for health care plans

California’s state health exchange, Covered California, is reporting large numbers of residents signing up for health care plans under provisions in the nation’s new health care law. [Mercury News] Between Nov. 15 and Dec. 3, 300,000 Californians submitted applications to... (Continue reading)

De Groot nursing home closing

California health officials have determined that the de Groot nursing home for children in San Luis Obispo no longer qualifies to receive Medi-Cal program payments. Its provider agreement ends Oct. 8. After 23 years in business, the state said it... (Continue reading)

Mom and Medi-Cal

By GORDON MULLIN (Editor’s note: This is the first edition of a column by San Luis Obispo financial planner Gordon Mullin called A Penny Saved) $95,136.88 That’s the sum that my deceased mother’s estate owed to California’s Medi-Cal program. That’s the amount... (Continue reading)

Adult day care funding scuttled

A plan to reinstate state budget funding for adult day care centers has been abandoned after the bill’s author refused to accept suggested amendments. (Sacramento Bee) Mariko Yamada, a Democrat from Yolo County, declined to remove wording in the proposal... (Continue reading)

Big employers exploiting Medi-Cal?

Supporters of a legislative plan called “the Walmart bill” demonstrated at the state capitol Wednesday, hoping to punish big employers for paying wages so low that workers are forced onto Medi-Cal rolls. (SacBee) Heavily backed by labor unions, the bill,... (Continue reading)

Lawmakers seek nursing cut relief

A bipartisan group of Sacramento lawmakers has mounted a campaign to give hospital-based skilled nursing services a financial break in the wake of cuts to Medi-Cal budgets. (Sacramento Bee) Three prominent Republicans, including Assembly Minority Leader Connie Conway of Tulare,... (Continue reading)

Medi-Cal facing expensive boom

Medi-Cal patient numbers will expand dramatically over the next few years while more and more California physicians are curtailing their services to recipients of the state’s health care program. (San Jose Mercury News) Many doctors already view Medi-Cal reimbursements as... (Continue reading)