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February 5, 2003

Albany - Low income patients are at risk of losing quality medical care under proposed state budget cuts. Georgia lawmakers are considering $278,000,000 dollars in Medicaid cuts to balance the state's budget.

Nearly 30% of Southwest Georgians are eligible for Medicaid. The cut would mean a 10% decrease in reimbursements to hospitals serving Medicaid patients.

Joel Wernick of Phoebe Putney Hospital says the cut would drastically effect patient care. "The Peach Care for Kids Program allows more than 1,000 South Georgia children to receive medical care," said Wernick. "The program will likely be the first to go under the proposed budget cuts."

Posted at 5:35PM by kathryn.murchison@walb.com