Little Support for Proposed Medicaid Cuts

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Some of the state's proposed cuts in Medicaid reimbursement will harm children and leave the state responsible for more expensive services, opponents said Thursday.

The Department of Public Health and Human Services took public comment on its proposal to implement about $12.5 million of $49 million in state budget cuts it must make due to lower-than-expected state revenue and a record fire season. The $12.5 million in state cuts over the next 18 months means the loss of another $22.2 million in federal matching funds.

Health department director Sheila Hogan said the agency was required to make the cuts because Republican lawmakers opposed increasing taxes.

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