Redding group among thousands urging Brown to boost Medi-Cal spending

Jun 2, 2015 5:44 PM by News Staff

A group of Redding healthcare workers are among the thousands of Californians gathering in the state capital in hopes of persuading Gov. Jerry Brown to increase spending on the state's health insurance program for the poor.

Labor unions and doctors who organized the rally say improving health care should be a priority as the governor and Legislature tackle the state budget next week.

In 2011, California cut the payment rates for health care providers who serve Medi-Cal patients. Now, providers and patients are calling for an end to austerity as the state economy recovers.

They say the number of participating doctors continues to drop, driving up wait times.

Brown's proposed budget includes $18 billion for the joint state-federal program, but he has resisted calls to raise reimbursements.

Medi-Cal covers over 12 million people, nearly a third of Californians.

The 60 local healthcare workers departed for Sacramento from Mercy Medical Center at 7 a.m. Tuesday.

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