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NC Medicaid committee hears options for extra cuts

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By EMERY P. DALESIO
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- North Carolina's Medicaid agency is preparing to slash services and payments beyond the nearly $360 million cut that state budget writers ordered this year.

The Department of Health and Human Services on Friday outlined extra cuts it expects it will be forced to make because several of the Legislature's instructions require federal approval, which could take months.

That means the state will have to find another $32 million to $118 million in savings in the health care plan for poor children, older adults, and the disabled.

Lawmakers decided to cut $360 million from state Medicaid payments this year.

Because the federal government pays for $2 of Medicaid services for every $1 of state spending, this year's total cuts are $1 billion. North Carolina's Medicaid program costs nearly $13 billion.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Medicaid Cuts

Why should they worry or even care about North Carolinians getting any kind of health services? Heck, when they retire from their political life, we poor working class and unemployed will be footing their bills for the rest of their lives. So why should they care about us poor people barely making a living for ourselves?

Medicare Cuts

There are a few people that I now that are on Medicade or medicare that should not be on this program. The people that really need it can not get on the program

As I was in my son's

As I was in my son's pediatrician's office the other day, I overheard a comment from a person behind me waiting to see the receptionist. The lady told her daughter that every child gets medicaid and that when she has her children, she'll be able to get medicaid for them as well because it's free for kids. I pay for my son's health insurance out of pocket. I do not qualify for medicaid. Parents teach their children that these programs are available and the "get something for free" mentaility persists from generation to generation. This has to stop! Nothing is free. I do believe in taking care of children and that there are hardships people face. I do not believe in people using hardships as an excuse to have something for "free". Something has to change. Hardworking Americans pay the price for many people who do not want to do for themselves because they know someone else will take care of it. It's not fair and it teaches the wrong lesson to our children.

Medicaid Cuts

We can't keep this up. Why not require people to use contraception if they already have a child on the government program? Medicaid program is much better than my Blue Cross at $700/month. Each generation we get more and more people on this program. I'm not a hater - it's just a business decision.

Do away with Medicaid and

Do away with Medicaid and use the money for Medicare. At least, most of those on Medicare put something into the system.

This entire program needs to be phased out.....

...instead of being sucked up and expanded by Obamacare.

Amen to that

wipe out the whole program. Perhaps consider a short term program for those who can qualify on the basis of physical needs. Short term as in fewer than 12 months. Eliminate all benefits for the baby makers and the physically able to work who choose not to.