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SC Medicaid plan: End adult dental, hospice care

Dec 12, 2010 10:45:00 AM - thestate.com
The state's Medicaid program plans to stop paying for adult dental, vision and hospice services and cut home health visits by a third for the state's elderly and disabled in February.

Meanwhile, the agency plans to eliminate routine infant circumcisions, cut prescription drug benefits and shoes for diabetics. The reductions even include umbrella and crutch holders for people who use wheelchairs while telling people to use powered wheelchairs for seven years instead of five before they can be replaced.

The state Department of Health and Human Services faces a $228 million deficit and hopes those cuts will help convince the state's financial oversight board on Tuesday to allow it to operate in the red for the rest of the budget year.

It's the largest single agency deficit the Budget and Control Board has considered in at least 25 years. Four of the five members on the board chaired by Gov. Mark Sanford have to agree to it.

If it fails, the agency has said it will have to stop all Medicaid payments to doctors and hospitals in March.

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