A federal appeals court has ruled that the federal government erred in approving California’s request to temporarily cut Medi-Cal (the state’s Medicaid program) reimbursement for hospital outpatient care by 10 percent during the Great Recession.
The ruling by a three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals said the Feds can approve such cuts only if evidence shows that the aid recipients will continue to have access to the same services as the general population.
California imposed the cutback from July 2008 through February 2009.
Robert Leventhal, a lawyer who represented more than 50 hospitals in the case, told the Los Angeles Times that if the ruling stands, the state and federal governments will have to pay back California hospitals hundreds of millions of dollars.
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