California Medicaid Patients Brace For A ‘One-Two Punch’ Of Cuts

The San Francisco Chronicle’s Victoria Colliver reports that California Medicaid beneficiaries are in for a “one-two punch” when it comes to program cuts — the state just passed a budget that increases copays and limits doctors visits and it’s also bracing for a reduction in federal matching funds. Yesterday, the enhanced federal match for Medicaid funding that was included in the 2009 stimulus package (and extended in late 2010) expired, and the officials predict that Medicaid patients “will pay more and receive fewer benefits” just as the state braces for $1.4 billion dollars in state cuts that are scheduled to go into effect soon.