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Appellate court backs limits on Medi-Cal payments

Published: Friday, May. 3, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 4A
Last Modified: Sunday, May. 5, 2013 - 2:29 pm

California has the legal right to limit Medi-Cal payments to federally qualified health clinics for psychological services to two visits a month per patient, a Sacramento-based appellate court ruled Thursday.

The opinion by a three-justice panel of the 3rd District Court of Appeal reversed Sacramento Superior Court Judge Michael P. Kenny, who had granted the petition of three Northern California clinics seeking payment beyond the two-visit limit.

Medi-Cal is California's version of Medicaid, a federal health care program for U.S. citizens who are low-income adults, their children, or people with certain disabilities. It is jointly funded by the state and federal governments and is managed by the states.

Call The Bee's Denny Walsh, (916) 321-1189.

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