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Mark Diel on Medi-Cal Special Session – Assoc. Press

A recent Associated Press article on the Medi-Cal special session quoted Governor Brown alongside Republican leaders of the Senate and Assembly, but it gave the closing comment to CCHI’s own Executive Director, Mark Diel. California lawmakers to tackle health care, road funding

Doctors and hospitals say the state pays much less than private insurance or Medicare for medical services, which means fewer primary care doctors and specialists are willing to treat Medi-Cal patients.
“I just don’t know if the special session will fix those issues,” said Mark Diel, executive director of California Coverage and Health Initiatives, which advocates for affordable health coverage.

Thanks to the Associated Press for reaching out for our comments and for highlighting the access issues CCHI’s network is working so hard to overcome. The issue of Medi-Cal reimbursement rates is still looming large for DHCS and California providers. CCHI is dedicated to improving Medi-Cal beneficiaries’ access to care. We will be very involved in the pursuant conversation.