The House HHS Appropriation Committee just wrapped up its morning meeting. There are additional cuts that have been made to the already devastating budget of last week.
Included in the new budget is the elimination of OT/PT/ and Speech Therapy, a major cut in the Medicaid Orthotics and Prosthetics Coverage, an increase of 1.5% in the provider rate reduction bringing that number to 5.5%, an additional reduction in the cuts to the continuation budget, an additional reduction in personal care services in adult care homes and the list goes on and on!
All of these cuts were made to come up with an additional $265 million in cuts.
This budget will devastate the health delivery system of North Carolina. This budget will put people lives at risk and families will be sent into crisis. Jobs will be lost and we will see our state move from a recession into a depression.
As advocates we can not let this budget be passed out of this committee. We will be sending out a new action alert soon. We will be asking you to step up the pressure on these committee members and we need you to respond quickly!!!!