California Medicaid Cuts on Hold for Now

SAN FRANCISCO — The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals last week denied California’s Department of Health Care Services’ effort to suspend an earlier decision by a federal judge to block cuts in Medi-Cal, the state’s Medicaid program.

The state tried to trim 10% from Medi-Cal reimbursements for health care providers, including retail pharmacists. Advocates sued, saying the cuts would make it harder for low-income residents to get health

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