California barred from cutting Medi-Cal rates

U.S. District Judge Christina Snyder in Los Angeles yesterday granted the request from the California Hospital Association for an order to stop California from imposing the reductions, saying the hospitals had shown there would be irreparable harm if she didn’t halt the cuts temporarily.

The cuts would have saved California $623 million. In another ruling, the judge also blocked california from cutting Medi-Cal reimbursements to pharmacies. The cuts would have been retroactive to June 1.

This has not been a good week for California and the courts. Yesterday another judge blocked portions of the emissions control regulations that were to go into effect on Jan. 1, 2012.