California pharmacists endorse halt of Medi-Cal cuts

August 21, 2008

California was directed by the Federal District Court in Los Angeles to stop the 10 percent cuts in Medi-Cal reimbursement payments to healthcare providers.

Pharmacies in California will no longer have to worry about losing money on nearly every Medi-Cal transaction, thanks to the state's federal district court.

The state of California was directed by the Federal District Court in Los Angeles to stop the 10 percent cuts in Medi-Cal reimbursement payments to healthcare providers. The Court found that pharmacies and other Medi-Cal providers and patients were being irreparably harmed as a result of the cuts, and that the providers had show a likelihood of success on the merits.

"This case has been a rollercoaster ride since the beginning. The California Pharmacists Association applauds Judge Snyder for recognizing the damage that the cuts were having on pharmacy and the patients they serve," Lynn Rolston, chief executive officer of the California Pharmacists Association, said. "We are grateful for this much needed and timely victory. The Judge has saved the day for patients and for the pharmacy network in California."

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