Hearings On Medicaid Warn About Potential Cuts

Healthcare leaders say this upcoming budget will create drastic cuts to the state's healthcare system that could impact potentially 1 million Alabamians

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Healthcare leaders say this upcoming budget will create drastic cuts to the state’s healthcare system that could impact potentially 1 million Alabamians.

This upcoming budget is $85 million short of what the agency says it needs to avoid cuts. About 1 million Alabamians are covered by Medicaid, that’s about 20 percent of the state’s population. And some people on Medicaid came to the state house to warn lawmakers about potential cuts, trying to put a face behind all the numbers we’ve been reporting.
They say this doesn’t only affect people on Medicaid, but also people with private insurance because physicians may leave the state.

Mattisa Moorer, From Lowndes County said, “We depend on a lot for her nutrition, her doctors, her specialists that she has to see for her care and if they start leaving the state, we are going to have to start all over with looking for doctors to care for her.”

There are going to be more hearings on Medicaid in the coming days and weeks…whether or not this will change anything about funding. We will have to wait and see.

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