Group Wants to Restore Health Cuts

1 decade 2 years 10 months ago Wednesday, January 11 2006 Jan 11, 2006 Wednesday, January 11, 2006 5:36:10 PM CST January 11, 2006 in News

Supporters want more money for in-home healthcare.

"They take my income and his income and put it together and come up with a spend-down amount," complained Chantell Young, in-home healthcare provider. "But, they don't ask us if we have any dependents at home. And I'm trying to support six people, and not just him."

A group called Quality Homecare Partnership wants lawmakers to restore some funds the governor cut in 2005.

"He said he would not cut eligibility for Medicaid until he cut out all the waste, fraud and abuse," noted Democratic Sen. Chuck Graham of Columbia. "Last session, there was no bill to root out waste, fraud and abuse. But, I filed one this year."

Quality Home Partnership said cuts have hurt families in their pocketbooks. The group said last year's bill unfairly targeted disabled residents.

Legislation supported by the partnership would raise eligibility for Medicaid, reinstate medical help for disabled workers, and expand eligibility for MC+ children. The group also wants Blunt to oppose future cuts.

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