By Elise Viebeck - 12/14/12 03:35 PM EST
But advocates for Medi-Cal providers and beneficiaries say cuts will hollow out the program by discouraging physicians and other health professionals from taking low-income patients.
The California Medical Association added that the cuts, estimated to save $623 million annually as of last year, are unnecessary now that voters have approved two initiatives to raise revenues.
"Our hope is the state will reconsider," said CMA spokeswoman Molly Weedn. "The state implemented these cuts when it was in much more dire straits than it is now.
it is unclear whether California will allow the provider cut to take effect, or when.