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Medi-Cal Primary Care Rates to Increase to Medicare Levels in 2013

Medi-Cal primary care physicians will receive a two-year, $11 billion pay increase, under a proposal released last week by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The proposal, which implements a provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), would on average result in a 50 to 60 percent increase in Medi-Cal rates for primary care physicians, including family medicine, pediatrics and internists, plus related subspecialties. The ACA calls for Medicaid payments to primary care physicians to be raised to Medicare levels for 2013 and 2014.

Short Video: What You Can Expect This Year From The Health Law

Even as the Supreme Court prepares to hear the historic lawsuit against the Affordable Care Act, consumers are already seeing some changes. Kaiser Health News developed a short video about how insurance rebates, flexible spending accounts, preventive care (including contraceptives), and more affect Americans.

The Affordable Care Act: What Californians Should Know

The federal Affordable Care Act (ACA), aimed at reforming the nation's health care system, became law in March 2010, but its implementation is staged over a number of years. Some provisions have already taken effect and others will be implemented in 2014 and beyond.