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State outlines plans for $125 million in new Medicaid cuts

Jun 6, 2011 2:23:00 PM - thestate.com
The state Department of Health and Human Services announced Monday its plan to cut state Medicaid expenditures by $125 million.

The cuts would take effect July 8, for the state’s 2012 fiscal year.

"The proposed reductions . . .are the result of months of individual meetings with Medicaid providers, provider associations, legislators and other stakeholders," the state’s health agency said in a press release. "The agency’s goal is to preserve quality of care and access while working with stakeholders to reduce excess costs such as duplicative and unnecessary services, inefficiently delivered services and fraud.

Facing a $228 million deficit in its Medicaid program for the current budget year, the state cut its payments to doctors and hospitals by 3 percent in April. Prior to that cut, South Carolina had been the only state to bar its health agency from cutting payments to health-care providers.

The health agency said the new cuts include:

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