Alabama Medicaid cuts could lead to physician closures and layoffs

Alabama Medicaid cuts could lead to physician closures and layoffs

(WAFF) - Based on the budget passed in the legislature, Medicaid will receive about $85 million less than they expected and many say those cuts will hurt those who need help the most.

Medicaid typically covers a lot of children, therefore, the cuts to reimbursements will likely have the greatest impact on pediatricians.

The Alabama Medicaid Agency says those reimbursement cuts could be around 40 percent which is a big hit to physicians.

This would likely lead to fewer service options for you and your children, therefore, creating longer wait times and less availability
at the doctor's office.

The Alabama Chapter of  the American Academy of Pediatrics will a host conference Tuesday to discuss the potential closures and layoffs that will be needed if the state legislature does not increase Medicaid funding prior to the start of the next fiscal year.
 
Meanwhile, lawmakers will meet on Wednesday to discuss the Medicaid budget and to discuss the impact these cuts are expected to have.

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