Legislative budget writers have set a budget for Medicaid. The much-debated spending plan totals $436 million in general funds and includes all of the huge cuts proposed in House Bill 260.
Among other things HB 260 calls for are a discharge of 35 patients from state institutions, charging co-payments to patients, reducing reimbursements to caregivers and reducing psycho-social rehabilitation services for adults. Lawmakers heard a great deal about so-called PSR services this session. On Feb. 23 BW introduced you to Chris, a young man in Mackay who told us he'd rather have his services than food.
This morning's vote by the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee was 15-4 along party lines.