The controversial issue of Medicaid cuts is getting shuffled around in Frankfort.
The House-Senate Health and Welfare Committee was scheduled to discuss the cuts on Oct. 15, but legislative leaders recently voted to hand the issue over to the General Assembly's budget committee, upsetting many Medicaid patients, as well as some politicians in Frankfort.
If a hearing is not held within 30 days after the matter is referred to this second committee, the new regulations go into effect without a hearing.
Since the Budget Committee doesn't have any meetings scheduled for this month, some Medicaid patients and their caretakers worry this issue will get swept under the rug.
If you would like more information on how you can help voice your opinions in Frankfort, you can contact Marilyn Mitchell at Bowling Green's BEST Center for Independent Living. That number is (270) 796-5992.
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Overview of the Medicaid Program
1. establishes its own eligibility standards;
2. determines the type, amount, duration, and scope of services;
3. sets the rate of payment for services; and
4. administers its own program.
Source: http://cms.hhs.gov/medicaid/mover.asp (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Web site) contributed to this report.