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Tue June 2, 2009
Medicaid Cuts Could Impact Thousands
By Catherine M. Welch
Wilmington, NC – An advocacy group for home health care says proposed budget cuts could impact thousands of Cape Fear residents who receive personal care.
The senate turned in a budget that carves $55-million out of Medicaid funding for personal care services.
Tim Rogers is the CEO of the Association for Home and Hospice Care of North Carolina. He says each patient receiving Medicaid for in-home care costs the state $750 a month, far less than nursing home care.
"It doesn't save money to cut the most cost effective Medicaid program and place people in more expensive settings from now on out."
Rogers says cuts to in-home care could hurt 9,000 recipients in Brunswick, Pender and New Hanover counties, and the 1,200 residents who work in the home-care industry.
State lawmakers are working to close a $4.6 billion budget gap.
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