The US has made it mandatory for those enrolled in its Medi-Cal program for the underprivileged to make co-payments for medical services. In doing this early this week, it blocked California from reducing its health care spending. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services wrote to the California administration saying it was 'unable to identify the legal and policy support' that would give the state permission to require co-payments to Medi-Cal under the Social Security Act. This means California will not save the $575 million it had hoped to, on its Medicaid program from the co-payments in its fiscal year beginning on July 1. This is the status quo unless President Obama's administration reverses the decision. Spokesman for California's department of Finance, Mr H.D. Palmer, said that the state intends to seek a reversal. California Governor Jerry Brown had introduced a budget plan last month, in which he projected a $9.2 billion deficit. He had called for a combination of cuts in spending and revenue gathering to provide for a $1.1 billion reserve. Source: Medindia << RAP Trial to Determine Whether Fish Oil can Help Prevent Men... US Unveils New Rules to Help Citizens Find the Right Health... >> Recommended Reading Officials Must Pay More for Health Coverage, Says Chicago Governor Chicago Governor Terry Branstad urged the Legislature on Friday to make it compulsory for elected officials to pay more for their health insurance. READ MORE IRDA Proposes Health Insurance for HIV Infected People If the Insurance Regulatory Development Authority (IRDA) has its way, then people infected with HIV have a cause for celebration - they will soon have health insurance. READ MORE Law Permits Unreasonable Health Insurance Rate Hike in Texas Unreasonable and unquestioned increases in health insurance rates can happen in Texas under the 2010 federal health care reform law. READ MORE Awareness about Healthcare Insurance in India A basic awareness about Indian health insurance for any layman for quick reference presented in a crisp format. READ MORE Healthcare Insurance-Common Terms and Definitions The key to understanding health Insurance is to become an informed consumer by knowing its definitions, terms and conditions before you plan to buy it. READ MORE What is Medicare / Medicaid? Medicaid / Medicare are different governmental programs that provide medical and health-related services to specific groups of people in U.S. and managed by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia Accident and Trauma Care Pregnancy Confirmation Calculator Indian Medical Journals More News on: Awareness about Healthcare Insurance in IndiaHealthcare Insurance-Common Terms and DefinitionsWhat is Medicare / Medicaid?