New State Budget Further Improves Medi-Cal Provider Reimbursement

The California 2018�19 fiscal year budget includes $500 million in Prop 56 tobacco tax funds allocated for supplemental payments for Medi-Cal providers. The state Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) plans to allocate the funds to increase payments for 23 CPT codes (a 40% average increase in payments for existing codes), which includes 10 new preventive CPT codes (at 100 percent of Medicare rates). The California Medical Association (CMA) has been instrumental in ensuring that Prop 56 funds are being spent as voters intended. To read more, go to