In addition to filing an appeal of a federal judges decision to block a 10% reimbursement cut for Californias Medicaid program, known as Medi-Cal, the state will be filing motions to reconsider the ruling and to stay the injunction, said Lisa Page, a spokeswoman for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Meanwhile, the California Pharmacists Associationwhose successful suit led to U.S. District Judge Christina Snyders injunction blocking the cutssaid it hopes a legislative solution will make legal action a moot point, and the California Hospital Association is concerned that the injunction doesnt cover inpatient care for rural hospitals not under contract in the Medi-Cal program.
Three separate lawsuits covering different legal arguments were filed by various healthcare providers, with the suit filed by the Independent Living Center of Southern California, the California Pharmacists Association and others finding the mark. But Lynn Rolston, the CPAs chief executive officer, said she doesnt think the courts are the answer. We assume the Legislature will find some other way to capture those revenue dollars and render this situation moot, she said. Lets do something else besides putting these patients at risk and harming our healthcare system.
California Hospital Association spokeswoman Jan Emerson adds that the judges ruling specifically excludes hospitals that dont contract with Medi-Cal from the injunction and, while this may not matter in densely populated communities, Emerson said the judge doesnt understand the risk to patients in rural regions where there isnt another hospital down the street as there is in urban and suburban areas. -- by Andis Robeznieks