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State health budget may see major cuts

October 8, 2003 Albany- Governor Sonny Perdue is ordering the Board of Community Health to cut millions of dollars from its budget.

The preliminary budget the board approved today would mean major changes for health care recipients all over the state. Nursing homes may be hit the hardest as thousands of people become ineligible for Medicaid.

State payments to nursing homes would decrease by more than $4 million this year and more than $18 million next year. Reimbursement rates would also be trimmed for doctors and pharmacists.

The cuts could end dental, vision, and psychological programs for children. Overall, the package would cut $21 million  from state health spending this year, and $141 million  next year.

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