Five more days…

Sunday, October 31st, was the expiration of the current Medicaid waiver–the agreement between the state and federal governments about how to run and fund Medi-Cal, which provides coverage for over 7 million Californians and is a primary source of funding for our hospitals and entire health care system.

The Schwarzenegger Administration and the Obama Administration are negotiating a new Medicaid waiver as we speak. We hear they are oh-so-close to a deal, but they need a little more time–so the state of California has asked, and the federal government has granted, a five-day extension, until Friday, November 5th, 2010. Both the state folks at the California Health and Human Services Agency, and the federal folks at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), express confidence that a final deal will be in place before then, next week.

We are all awaiting the details, on both the broad outlines–the federal investment in our health care system, the opportunity to expand coverage early as a “bridge to health reform”–and the specific, such as the terms and conditions that details the needed consumer protections for those with pre-existing conditions. Stay tuned…

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