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S.C. Lawmakers To Wrestle With Medicaid Costs, While Calif. Gets Waivers To Implement Reforms

The South Carolina Medicaid director says without more legislative funding, the state may have to cut services or reimbursements. In California, officials announced that the federal government has approved plans for some changes. Also, a key Kansas advocate for people with disabilities is retiring.

Charleston, S.C., Post and Courier: Additional $129 Million Needed For Medicaid To Hold Off Cuts In Services, Reimbursements
Gov. Nikki Haley isn’t expected to release her proposed executive budget until mid-January, but the South Carolina Medicaid director already said his agency needs millions more from the General Assembly next year. If it doesn’t get the extra funds, the S.C. Department of Health and Human Services, which administers the low-income Medicaid program, will consider scaling back services or cutting reimbursement rates paid to doctors and hospitals. (Sausser, 1/4)

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