California Assembly Speaker John Perez introduced legislation in California to expand Medi-Cal. This was done to help California comply with the Affordable Care Act, where all US Citizens must have Health Insurance starting in 2014. A Fresno Bee article on the subject may be found here: Legislation to Expand Medi-Cal.
Several things to note in the article include: There are an estiamted 7.1 million Californians without Health Insurance; the proposed legislation will intend to cover about 1 million uninsured; the government has reduced and is seeking to further reduce payments to some Hospitals that accept Medi-Cal patients.
This leaves roughly 6.1 million Californians not covered by the proposed expansion of Medi-Cal. All of them are required to purchase an acceptable form of Health Insurance as defined in the Affordable Care Act starting in January 2014.
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