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Changes to California Children’s Healthcare Won’t be Delayed

An official in Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration said that California will begin transferring poor children into a cheaper healthcare plan on Jan. 1, despite concerns from some lawmakers and advocates that the state’s plan is inadequate. California is eliminating the Healthy Families program next year and shifting nearly 900,000 children into Medi-Cal, which reimburses doctors at lower rates, in hopes of saving $73 million annually. The transition will happen gradually, starting with the easiest cases. Diana Dooley, secretary of the Health and Human Services Agency, said children won’t be shifted unless the state is sure they will still get healthcare under the new plan according to a new report in the Los Angeles Times.