Clinics Sue State Over Medicaid Cuts

     SACRAMENTO (CN) – More than 600 nonprofit clinics say California’s budget disaster does not allow the state to duck responsibility to pay for certain Medicaid services, which the state plans to begin doing on July 1. The California Primary Care Association and others say the state cannot stop paying for dental, chiropractic, optical and podiatric services, as the Legislature plans.

     A single co-plaintiff, the Clinicas del Camino Real, says it serves more than 50,000 people a year. Co-plaintiff Southern Trinity Health Services says its patients in harsh mountainous terrain in Trinity and Humboldt Counties will have to travel 2 hours to get medical services elsewhere.
     Plaintiffs say California cannot abrogate its duties under Medicaid, a federal program. They are represented in Sacramento County Court by Jennifer Dauer with Diepenbrock & Harrison.

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