Cost of Medi-Cal soars in California

$1,000 a minute.

That's the hit that San Joaquin Valley safety net health clinics started taking Thursday when Medi-Cal payments stopped because of the state's budget impasse. The cuts will mean a loss of $10 million a week in revenue to California's community clinics and health centers -- the offices that take care of the poor.

On day 24 without a state budget in place, Golden Valley Health Center's Chief Executive Officer Mike Sullivan spoke to a group in Modesto about how cutting Medi-Cal payments hurts the people least able to withstand a hit to their health.

"The legislators are putting their budget problems on the backs of the poor," Sullivan said.

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