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      Kern County business, ag leaders warn against Medi-Cal bill

      BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) Kern County business and agriculture leaders gathered Tuesday at the Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce to speak against AB 880, the "Medi-Cal program costs: large employer responsibility" bill working its way through the statehouse.

      The bill would require a large employer to pay the Employment Development Department an employer responsibility penalty for each covered employee enrolled in Medi-Cal based on the average cost of employee-only coverage provided by large employers to their employees, including both the employer's and employee's share of the premiums, according to the legislative counsel's digest. More on AB 880 {>}{>}

      The group at the Chamber said AB 880 would hurt economic recovery.

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