Medical officials respond to Medicaid budget problems

By: Melissa Etezadi Email
By: Melissa Etezadi Email

Since lawmakers could not come to a decision on the Medicaid budget, many in the medical fields are concerned how cutting costs will affect them and their patients.

The debate over how to bridge the Medicaid gap is a hot topic for doctors and hospital personnel.

WYMT’s Melissa Etezadi spoke to some officials who tell say big cuts to the program could hurt more than just doctors.

For Dr. Anand, cutting funds to Medicaid would affect more than just his practice.

“Forget about the doctors, it's going head hugely on the patient base and the sick and the needy people,” Dr. Anand said.

Cuts would also result in layoffs and job loss for working mothers like Jeanie Baker

“We can't stop taking care of those patients because they still need the services that we provide. So what we have to do is we have to cut our overhead and as a nurse. You know I'm probably one of the first jobs they look at cutting,” Jeanie Baker said.

“These Medicaid moneys that we get go back into creating the local economy here. We've created huge amount of jobs and job security,” Dr. Anand said.

It is a security for employees like Jeanie, who has mouths to feed and children to care for.

“If my baby is sick I'm going to the doctor and if I can't pay for it I'm going to pray that somebody will still take care of them,” Baker said.

Until a decision is made, those in the medical field hope law makers see how detrimental cutting funds to Medicaid would be.

Governor Beshear's proposal to balance the Medicaid budget is by using more than 160-million dollars from next year's appropriation.

Senate republicans want across-the-board cuts to all government programs to fill the gap.

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