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California Now Stuck on Details of Medicaid Expansion

JerryBrownIt’s been months since Gov. Jerry Brown agreed to expand Medi-Cal, as Medicaid is known in the state, to some 1.4 million Californians, but he and his Democratic colleagues in the Legislature are still wrangling over details of the expansion. Democrats, who control the Assembly and Senate, disagree with Brown over the Medi-Cal enrollment and implementation process. Meanwhile, the governor is pushing for budget savings by reducing county support for indigent care. While lawmakers have passed regulations for private insurance, they have yet to agree with the governor on the Medicaid portion because Brown is particularly wary of the potential costs that could affect state spending for years to come according to a recent report at the Republic.com.