Person, Pat

Pat Person, incoming president-elect of the California Pharmacists Association, is a registered pharmacist at Ming & H Drugs in Bakersfield.

Medi-Cal Cuts Mean Job Losses When We Can Least Spare Them

By Pat Person
California Pharmacists Association

It is both ironic and tragic that while every politician, from president to city council, is focused on job creation and our economy, the state and federal governments have made a joint decision that will cost California jobs right now, when we can least afford to lose them.

Because of the decision made by the governor and the state Legislature, and approved by the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, to yet again cut back reimbursement rates in Medi-Cal by 10 percent, physicians, dentists, optometrists and pharmacists throughout our state will have no choice but to stop participating in the health care coverage program. Worse, many clinics and pharmacies servicing rural communities will have to close their doors altogether.